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Archive Article: 1998/09/25

25 September 1998

Breeders Allan Duffield of Husthwaite and Ruth Pedley, Bedale, with part of a consignment of Wensleydale sheep bound for Frances Massif Central region. Three shearling rams and 12 ewe lambs will produce rams for use on Rava hill sheep to provide higher quality crossbreds with improved fleeces. Several pedigree Wensleydale flocks have been established in Holland and an order for breeding stock has been received from Denmark. Further expansion into the EU is anticipated, says breed secretary, Frank Pedley.

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Archive Article: 1998/09/25

25 September 1998

Patchy trade for Border Leicester ram lambs at Lanark saw the average fall by £267 on the year to level 205 head at £279. Top price of £7000 was paid for the champion (above) from I and J Gilmour, Hulmeston, Maybole. Buyers were Scotsmen John Forsyth (Glenside) and Jimmy Douglas (Cairness). A ram lamb from Messrs Campbell, Wick, Thurso realised £2700 to Sandy Lee for his Fordafourie flock. There were 10 lambs at £1000 and above. (Lawrie and Symington)

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Archive Article: 1998/09/25

25 September 1998

Northern Conquest soya was harvested at Osier Dell, Hayling Island, Hants last Friday – seven days earlier than last year. However, yield at 2.1t/ha (17cwt/acre) was well down, reports Simon Walter. Spring ploughing, the sixth wettest summer on record, 20% less summer sunshine and cold nights all hit the crop, notes Robin Appels Edward Willmott. "It really was the most testing season. But it shows soya can yield even in a season when all spring crops have suffered."

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