MORE women and girls living and working in Scottish agriculture will be able to apply for funding for courses to develop their skills in 2022. Eligible courses include support to obtain tractor and trailer driving certificates or help with training sheepdogs.
The Practical Training Fund, which was launched last year and is administered by Lantra Scotland, has already helped more than 400 women and girls take courses to develop their skills or change careers.
As of December 30, 2021, women and girls over 13 can apply for up to £ 500, or more on a case-by-case basis, for the cost of hands-on or technical training through the fund, the first batch of applicants retained notified by the end of January 2022.
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “This year we have pledged £ 300,000 to support women in agriculture, including: the wider roll-out of the ‘Be Your Best Self’ personal development training program ; a project to test innovative solutions for childcare in rural areas and the development of Skillseder – a skills-sharing app that provides an easy-to-use one-stop-shop for finding training and skills development opportunities at across the country, especially for people living in rural and island areas ”.
MM. Craig Wilson Ltd sold 1,329 premium piglets and 322 sunken sheep in their opening sale of the year in Ayr yesterday. The best pigs on sale were Texel crosses at £ 147 per head, while the best per kilogram was a Beltex cross pen at 318 pence. The same shipper had two other Beltex cross pens which made 307 p / kg. Premium hoggets averaged 272p overall (-3p).
Cast Ewes sold for £ 200 for the Texels with another Texels pen not far behind at £ 196.
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd sold 83 clean cattle, 56 feed cows, 990 premium hogs and 211 feed sheep to St Boswells yesterday.
Twenty-nine prime oxen sold at 290p / kg for an average of 259p (+ 35p since the last sale on December 20, 2021), while 54 prime heifers peaked at 300p for an average of 262p (+ 14p).
In the ring, cows peaked at £ 1,805 and 209p for an average of 150p.
Prime pigs sold for £ 152 for Texels and 333 p / kg for Beltex for an average of £ 124 or 279 p (+1 p).
Heavy sheep sold for £ 175
for Texel tups at an average of £ 131,
while light ewes peaked at £ 149 for Cheviots in the north of the country at
£ 94 on average.