• CLOSING date for applications for 1998/99 temporary transfers of milk quota is December 31. Leasing forms should be submitted to the Intervention Board. Faxed forms will not be accepted. The modified leasing scheme to cover animals slaughtered in the selective BSE cull will no longer apply.
• LEADING poultry firm Ross Breeders is to be acquired from Hillsdown Holdings in a £100m deal led by management buyout specialists BC partners. The firm, based at Newbridge, near Edinburgh, claims almost one-quarter of the world market for broiler breeding stock, supplying over 50 countries. *