SW Scotland turned out in force to support Grant Hurcomb in his bid to shear for 24 hours at the weekend.
Wool was whipped off super quick in the Scottish National and Open Sheep Shearing heats, semis and finals on day four of the four-day Royal Highland Show extravaganza at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Scotsman Simon Bedwell fired out 20 North Country Cheviot hoggs in 15 mins and 56 seconds (47.8s per sheep) in a bid to take out the Scottish National title, while later in the day, Hamish Mitchell, who now farms in Norway, went all out to take the time advantage in the Open class, peeling his score of Scotch Mule hoggs and pushing them down the porthole in 15 mins and 47 seconds, averaging 47.35 seconds each.
A 21 year old shearer from New Luce, Dumfries and Galloway, is pulling out all the stops and going for a 24-hour charity shear.
This year’s difficult season means livestock farmers will have to pay particular attention to managing their entire silage process if they are to avoid a high mycotoxin challenge, suggests Dr.Dave Davies of Silage Solutions Ltd.
Welsh sheep shearers certainly made their journey worth while by taking six of the possible sixteen finalist stands at South of Scotland Shears, held at the Barony College, Dumfries, at the weekend.
In the Autumn of 2011 I heard about a shepherding competition, with the fantastic prize of a trip to New Zealand! ..writes Gregor Ingram, NSA Young Shepherd of the Year 2011
Claas and Horsch set a new world record on 26th April by drilling 448.29 ha in 24 hours with the Maestro 24 SW drill and the Claas Xerion 5000 Trac tractor.
The meeting commenced with an update of what has occurred on the farm since the last meeting. During June there had been very little rainfall and the farm was looking very short of grass. The decision to start feeding store cattle at grass was almost taken in late June although they always had enough grass in front of them and performance seemed good.
A week with a JCB Groundhog 4x4 on farm, I must admit was fun and enjoyable.
With two very comfortable seats, it meant we could travel as a couple in total comfort round the hill parks, to check the newly arrived summer grazing cattle and their calves.
Colin Marr runs Cultercullen Farm near Udny Station with his wife Carol. Recently sons Nicholas and Gavin have become partners in the business after completing their respective studies. Colin is keen to invest in the future of the business, which began when his grandfather took over, what was then a tenanted farm in the 1930s, taking an already established dairy with him from another farm in the area.