Luing Cattle Society
BENHAR FAMILY DAY OUT!!!
Congratulations to our Chairman Andrew McNee and family for their debut to Canary Wharf in London with Benhar Piper. As part of 'The Year of the Family Farm,' Andrew, Lorna, Alistair (8 ), Beth (5) and Faye (6 months) flew down to London and were met by McTaggart Haulage, who transported Benhar Piper and his companion down to London. Their appearance marked the launch of the QMS campaign designed to raise awareness of Scottish Beef PGI brand. Click here to read the full report of Benhar Piper’s trip to London.
Bulling heifers in demand at 49th Premier Luing Sale
Bulling heifers in demand with the average up on last year as buyers attended the Luing’s 49th Premier Luing Sale which took place on Friday 7th February at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas.
Pedigree Luing bulling heifers were bid to 1,700gns with 107 sold averaging £1,261 – up £69 on the year with 71 fewer sold. The top price was paid by Mr A Lyth from Sheephouse, Stacksteads for the top prize pair, as judged by Jim Caygill of Manor Croft, Rystone, Skipton of Milkieston Kojak sired heifers out of homebred heifers from D.G. Hanbury & L.E. Porritt Partnership, Lampert, Gilsland, Brampton. This had been their first time selling at Castle Douglas. This gave an average of £1286 for four sold.
Mackey moving on from Luing Society
The Luing Cattle Society have announced that Breed Secretary Johnny Mackey will leave at the end of the year to take up a new role as Head of Industry Development with Quality Meat Scotland from early January 2014. Johnny has been in the post since September 2008. Work will start soon on finding a replacement so keep an eye on this story for any updates. In the meantime, click here to view the letter sent to members informing them of the change.
Big demand for Luings and Sim-Luings
A packed ringside witnessed a big demand for Luing and Sim-Luing heifers at the Society's 40th Autumn sale which took place at U.A. Stirling on Saturday 26th October. Averages were up in every section. The sale kicked off with 19 in-calf Luing heifers selling to average £1,974 (with a top of £2,500); 21 in-calf Sim-Luings averaged £2,081 (£2,300); 81 Luing bulling heifers sold to average £1,170 (£1,700) and 53 Sim-Luing bullling heifers sold to average £1,155 (£1,800). Click here for the full sale report.
Huge turnout at Luing Open Day
An impressive turnout of some 350 Luing breeders, friends and generally interested livestock farmers attended the Luing Society Open Day held at Floors Farming's Rawburn Farm managed by Bruce Gilchrist. The event, held last Friday (2nd August), was blessed with some superb weather which provided ideal conditions for a 90-minute farm tour through six groups of Floors Luing and Sim-Luing cattle as well as some Cheviot sheep all set in the beautiful surroundings of the Lammermuirs. The masses then settled in back at the steading to peruse the many trade stands on display, partake in some stock-judging and consume some of the magnificent Floors Sim-Luing beef. £1,000 was raised for the two charities - Hazel's Footprints (www.hazelsfootprints.org) and the Duke of Roxburghe's efforts to raise money for clinical research into Oncology (www.roxburgheblog.com).
2013 OPEN DAY – Rawburn, Longformacus, Duns – 2nd Aug.
Only three days to go now until this year's highlight of the Luing calendar............our annual open day! This Friday (2nd August), everyone and anyone can descend on Rawburn Farm, Longformacus, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3PG for our FREE event. Rawburn is home to the Floors Luing herd and the open day will provide a unique opportunity to view this 120-cow herd, rapidly gaining a reputation for producing sound breeding stock, in their hilly surroundings of the Lammermuirs. The event kicks off at 1.30pm with an opening address from Roxburghe Estate Factor Roddy Jackson, closely followed by a farm tour and then back to the steading for some stock-judging and a chance to view the many stands including local produce for sale and a kids area. The event is hosted by Bruce Gilchrist who manages Rawburn for Floors Farming (part of Roxburghe Estate). Two charities are being supported on Friday...............www.hazelsfootprints.org and www.roxburgheblog.com. Click here to view the brochure due to be handed out to visitors.
New Dam Classification Leaflet
We've recently launched a brand new leaflet which clarifies our Luing Dam Classification scheme, illustrating all the basic guidelines.
Launched at this year's Highland Show, already it's proving a great help to breeders.
Click here to download your own pdf version.
A Luing Winner? - Enter Harbro Calendar Photo Competition 2014
Harbro is inviting people to submit their photographs of livestock including horses and dogs for selection for Harbro's 2014 calendar and the chance to win a choice of prizes.
Harbro would like photographs taken in the countryside; right throughout the seasons, of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, horses and dogs and right now would be the time to catch some spring scenes.
Luings trade well at Dingwall
A record entry for the fifth spring sale at Dingwall mart saw Luing bulling heifers trade well with 87 changing hands for an average of £1,199 with a top of 1,800gns. Twelve in-calf heifers also prompted some strong bidding going to a 1,650gns top and an average of £1,456. Eighteen yearlings followed the bullers averaging £629 with a top of 850gns with six Sim-Luing yearlings finishing off the female section with an average of £945 and a top of 1,000gns. All 123 females forward sold. Three bulls completed the sale selling for an average of £2,957 with Lochbroom Naver from Mr. F.S. Renwick hitting the top price of 4,200gns. Click here for the mart report.
Solid trade for Luings at Castle Douglas
Luing breeders found a ready demand at their 48th Premier Sale held at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas on Friday 8th February. A near record entry of 251-head saw trade for every class of stock exceed all expectations. In calf heifers sold very well with 19 selling to average £1,931 (down £5 for 30 fewer sold); bulling heifers held up very well with 179 trading for £1,192 (down £132 for ten more sold) with 28 bulls concluding the sale to average £4,695 (down £2,179 for nine more sold). Click here for the full sale report.
Commission your cows?
The Luing Cattle Society is delighted to offer members the opportunity to peruse the new range of Luing Cattle sculptures recently crafted by Lancashire farmer's wife Jean Fowler of 'Castle Sculptures.' Our breeders can choose from the range of existing models (as shown) or, if they prefer, can discuss their specific colouring and marking requirements with Jean who is happy to create bespoke models (on colour - not shape) for her customers.
Luing Merchandise at Royal Highland Show 2013
Our Luing merchandise has been selling very well and there's still time for you to get your orders in before this year's Highland Show if you fancy championing the breed there yourself! If you can't make that then we're happy to show you some of the fleeces, jackets, ties, body warmers etc. at the show where we will also be taking orders. You can also order through the website by downloading the order form from the 'merchandise' section AND you can have your herd name added too if you like.
Click here to view the merchandise.
Needing a bull right now?
Do keep a close watch on our stock for sale page as bulls and heifers available for private sale are regularly being uploaded and on average are sold in less than a week so don't miss out! Put our 'stock for sale' pages on your 'favourites' list and make sure you keep visiting it. Bulls in particular are a popular addition to those pages as breeders seek to move on surplus sires. Farmers in need of a bit more bull power are also frequent visitors to this section of our web site as they look to source good genetics at the last minute due to lameness or accidents with current bulls.