11 May 1998
Sales down at Ayrshire show
THE Ayrshire Agricultural Associations annual show attracted a large crowd but sales were down reflecting the financial crisis gripping the industry, reports The Scotsman.
While many farmers viewed the machinery on the trade stands, very little business was done or even considered as farmers across the country cut costs to stay afloat.
However, Hayes McCubbin MacFarlane, the leading milk quota broker, said there was a steady stream of inquiries. Many farmers were seeking to buy an extra 100,000 litres which is equivalent to about 15 new cows.
It was also a quieter day for livestock judging. The highlight was said to be the six-year-old Friesian cow Altona Lea Broker Emma from Alister Laird, of Blyth Farm, Peebles, which was voted champion of champions for the second successive year.
- The Scotsman 11/05/98 page 18