A FREE on-farm meeting - hosted by AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) and Moir Environment - will advise farmers on how to get the fullest possible value from muck and slurry.

The event will be held on December 14 on Coffin Farm, near Stranraer by kind permission of Andrew McWilliam.

The AHDB Dairy Knowledge Exchange Manager said: "Our data tells us that muck is worth £9.20/tonne and a cubic metre of slurry has a value of £3.20 in NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium) alone. These products have real financial value for the farm, but only if they are stored and used correctly.

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"This event aims to make sure farmers have the right tools they need to ensure they are getting the most out of their muck and slurry, for example through using AHDB's Slurry Wizard which allows them to calculate their volume of slurry and storage capacity."

Lunch will be provided but to help with catering attendees should book a place by calling 01904 771216 or emailing ke.events@ahdb.org.uk

* Meanwhile, after more than two years of selling milk at £1 or less for 4 pints, Morrisons recently increased the shelf price of its own-label milk to £1.10/4 pints.

This has broken the deadlock on price increases in the major supermarkets, where prices have been at £1 or lower for four pints since March 2015.

Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose have all followed Morrisons' lead, matching the increase on shelf prices, leaving only the hard discounters pricing milk at £1 for four pints.

Market round-up

C&D Auction Marts Ltd sold nine prime heifers in Dumfries on Wednesday to a top of 232p per kg and an average of 178.9p.

In the rough ring a very plain show that lacked flesh saw 50 beef cows sell to 154p and average 120p, while 26 dairy cows peaked at 103p and levelled at 78p.

The firm also sold 845 prime lambs to a top of £90 per head and 196p per kg to average 181.7p (+13.7p on the week).

A nice show of 495 cast sheep were also firmer on the week with heavy ewes selling to £138.50 for a Texel and averaging £62.51, while light/export-type ewes peaked at £83.50 for Cheviots and levelled at £38.87.

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 1,528 prime lambs in Newton Stewart on Wednesday to a top of £89 and 211p to average 175.3p (+13.1p).

With big sheep scarce the 115 heavy cast ewes forward were keenly bid for and sold to £86.50 for Texel crosses to average £63.30, while 218 light ewes peaked at £73.50 for Lleyns and levelled at £35.08.