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Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd 12 September 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 12th) sold 189 store cattle.   Bullocks (89) averaged 118.5p per kg and sold to 135p for 307kg Limousins from Garthbeg Farms, Gorthleck, and 640 gross for a 515kg Limousin from Dalchork, Lairg.  
New Four Star Guest House in Thurso has Successful LaunchThumbnail for article : New Four Star Guest House in Thurso has Successful Launch
Many locals know Pentland Lodge House as "The Haunted House" from when the Rotary Club used it to frighten children at Halloween.  Now guests get a much friendlier welcome at this newly opened, four-star, guest house.  
Search to find most enterprising student in Highlands and Islands
The search to find the most enterprising student in the Highlands and Islands concludes this week at the Shell STEP final in Inverness.   Students will battle it out on Wednesday 12 September at Cowan House - the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) head office in Inverness.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Lochmaddy Lamb SalesThumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Lochmaddy Lamb Sales
The First Lochmaddy sale of the season : Scottish Blackface Lamb LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 5th) sold 2,367 store lambs.   Lambs sold to a top of 42.50 gross for Texel crosses from No.  
Recent Lamb Sales At Dingwall & Highland Marts
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August 30th) sold 8,257 store lambs and four wedders at their annual district sale.   Ewe lambs (1,974) averaged 24.88 and sold to 38 gross for Cheviots from No.  
Dingwall Store Lambs Sale - 6 September 2007
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 6th) sold 5,495 store, breeding and feeding sheep.   Charolais cross (65) averaged 35.32 and sold to 41 gross from Achtuie, Drumnadrochit.  
Quoybrae Mart Report 3 September 2007
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (3rd September) sold 6,133 Store Lambs at the re-sheduled first combined sale from Dunbeath, Bettyhill, Forsinard and North West Sutherland areas.   Overall average was 29.06 showing a decrease of 2.05 from Dunbeath & Bettyhill areas and a decrease of 1.24 on all other areas from last year.  
Dingwall Prime Sale
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (September, 5th) sold 32 prime cattle and 405 prime sheep.   Prime bullocks (15) averaged 128.5p (+4.4p) and sold to 139p per kg for a 640kg Charolais cross from Balchraggan, Dores, and 897.60 gross for a 660kg Charolais cross from Udale, Poyntzfield, both to John M Munro Ltd., Dingwall.  
Portree Lamb Sales Get Excellent Demand But Prices Down On Last Year
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (3 September 2007) sold 4,188 store lambs.   Lambs sold to a top of 40.50 for Texel crosses from No.  
Female Resignations Hit New High Despite Rapid Promotion And Bonus Payouts In Scotland
Female resignation rates have hit a new high in Scotland, despite women achieving promotion at a quicker rate than men.   Figures, from a survey of 42,205 individuals, also show that female pay rises have stalled for the first time in more than a decade.  
First Ward Forum Meeting For Wick - 11 September from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
The first Ward Forum for The Highland Council electoral ward of Wick will take place in the Norseman Hotel, Wick on Tuesday 11 September from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm.   The meeting will be held in public and there will be a 20 minute session at the close of the meeting for the public to ask questions.  
Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks and David Cairns, MP, Minister of State at the Scotland Office will travel north to attend the Caithness Conference.   The conference to be held on 14th September 2007 will identify the actions needed to grow existing or attract new business to the area to offset the impact of the reduction of jobs at Dounreay as the decommissioning progresses.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd Resume Sales After Restrictions LiftedThumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd Resume Sales After Restrictions Lifted
Dingwall & Highland Marts Limited held their first Prime sale since the restrictions on the movement of livestock were lifted following the Foot and Mouth outbreak in England.  The firm had their firs sale of over 2000 lambs in Portree on Monday the 27th August 2007 and have rescheduled sales over the next fortnight as follows.  
Budding entrepreneurs in the Highlands and Islands now have the chance to turn their business dreams into reality thanks to a 'Dragon's Den'-style competition.   The competition, which is run in partnership with Inverness College UHI, UHI Millennium Institute, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, offers 2000 in cash prizes for winning entries, and all entrants will receive advice on how to take their business idea forward.  
Young drivers urged to take up Pass Plus Scheme
An extra 295 young drivers will get the chance to take advanced driving instruction through the Highland Wellbeing Alliance's Pass Plus Scheme this year, thanks to a 40,000 funding boost from The Highland Council's Community Safety Unit.  This extra 295 places bring the total of Pass Plus Scheme opportunities to 644 young people throughout the Highlands and gives them the added offer of cheaper motor insurance; improved driving skills; and more confidence if they successfully complete the scheme.  
Niche Market Awarenss Workshops Programme 2007
Tourist Board Training is organising a series of niche market workshops, which are also linked to VisitScotland Quality Assurance Welcome Schemes.   Each course looks at the particular needs of a specialist market and identifies how tourism and individual businesses can benefit from meeting those needs.  
Northern WoodHeat/North Sea Bioenergy Closing Conference
The Northern WoodHeat/North Sea Bioenergy Closing Conference will take place on 4-5th September at Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer The Project: Northern WoodHeat is a project funded by the EU Northern Periphery Programme and includes partners from Scotland, Finland and Iceland.  Northern WoodHeat aims were to set up small and medium scale woodfuel supply chains optimising benefits to local communities and the environment.  
Berry Good AmbitionsThumbnail for article : Berry Good Ambitions
Berry Good is a new Caithness business that is focusing on producing quality fruit flavoured vodka.   Using strawberries and raspberries which are infused with a top quality vodka produces a bright coloured drink that's bursting with berriness! Straight Strawberry and Really Raspberry are two flavours which are in production but the business hopes to expand its range of spirits and flavours in the future.  
Meeting Demand for Building Warrants
To help meet the increasing demand for building warrants and completion certificates, The Highland Council's Resources Committee has agreed to create three additional posts of building standards officer.   The new staff will be based in the Council's offices at Dingwall, Fort William and Kingussie.  
Council on Line to meet Energy Management Targets
Energy management measures are beginning to pay dividends for The Highland Council and further investments are proposed to meet targets set by the Council's Administration to reduce energy use and carbon emissions by 15% and increase renewable energy sources by a minimum of 4,000 kw by 2010.   The Highland Council's Resources Committee was told this week that at the end of the first year of the Council's energy management performance plan, an overall decrease in energy consumption of 16% was achieved and almost 1 million of costs avoided.