Via Neale McQuistin
NFU Scotland welcomed the announcement that in January 2021 the Scottish Agri-environment Climate Change Scheme (AECS) would be open for applications, but on a restricted basis and without any specifics of the funding available.
This is in line with the Union’s concerted effort to ensure the continuity of Scotland’s flagship program on biodiversity and climate change, which offers essential support to farmers, crofters and all those interested in the management of ecological land.
The Scottish Government will open a small round of new applications on 25 January and, after an extended application period, will close on 30 June.
Study on the Market
On December 29, C&D Auction Marts sold 4,520 prime lambs and 1,926 cast ewes in Longtown. For a pen of ten Beltex, the large offering of first lambs was topped at 337p. With many strong runs of commercial heavy lambs averaging well over £ 105 and selling at a peak price of £ 145 for Texels, heavy lambs saw a small rise this week. For lamb sales, the total average was 232p. For a purebred Texel, Heavy Ewes hit a top price of £ 182, while Cheviots sold for £ 88 and Blackfaces for £ 85.