• IF THERE are to be brighter days ahead for cash-strapped UK dairy producers, they are likely to be at the end of a very, very long tunnel.

  • ORGANISERS OF the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award are calling on farmers to showcase their stock and their enterprises by entering the 2015 award.

  • WITH THE weakened Euro crippling Scotland's lamb sector, consumers and retailers are being urged to back Scotch lamb.

  • EU FARM commissioner Phil Hogan has said that there is little he can do to alleviate the price plight of dairy farmers.

  • NORTHERN IRISH farmers have until August 3 to submit their evidence proving 'active farmer' status.



  • VIDEOS produced by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to promote Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI have attracted over 250,000 views by chefs around the world.

  • CONTRARY to popular belief, dermatitis and sole ulcers are one of the most heritable characteristics of all the health traits in dairy cattle but they and the £320 average cost of treatment can be avoided by selecting better sires according to Dr Evgenij Telezhenko.

  • DESPITE claims of mass over production throughout many countries in the EU, the overall milk yield is expected to rise by a mere 1% this year.

  • A HIGH-IMPACT advertising campaign behind Scotch Lamb PGI targeting 3.7m consumers is set to be launched by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in August.

  • WHILE lamb prices continue to fall to disasterously low levels with this week's early live centre average prices ranging from 145-150p per kg, there could be opportunities in the US for UK grass-fed lamb.



  • IT was a heck of a day for Wilson Peters last weekend when his commercial heifer, Hoora Effer, went on to stand champion of champions at Braco Show.

  • ONE or two heavy showers certainly didn't stop play at Banchory show, where an impressive number of stock was on show.

  • With two national cattle breed shows combined with the usual massive line-up of sheep and horse breeds, it was fitting that the prestigious overall champion of champions accolade - selected by judge, David Leggat - was presented to the winner of the Scottish Simmental Show, at the Border Union Show, Kelso.

  • SCOTTISH cattle breeders enjoyed the limelight taking home a kist full of silverware at the Livestock Event, staged at The NEC, Birmingham, where the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss British Friesian and Charolais Cattle Societies were each staging their national shows.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • THERE was an almost full clearance of heifers at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club show and sale at Carlisle, last week, where trade peaked at 1500gns for the champion from David Brewster's Boclair herd from Glasgow.

  • STORE cattle met a strong demand at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' show and sale, last week, where averages improved on the year and the champion topped the trade at £1600.

  • AVERAGES were well up on the year at Dingwall and Highland Marts' 12th anniversary show and sale of store cattle, last week, where bullocks and heifers improved by 26.2p and 27.8p per kg on the year respectively.

  • AN eight-year-old cow with heifer calf at foot from the Burrough family's Hollyash herd from Whitechurch, Shropshire, led a joint reduction/production sale of Limousin cattle at Newark, last weekend, selling for the top price of 5000gns.

  • FISHWICK One in a Million, lived up to his name at Peter Close's on-farm visit and sale of Longhorn junior bulls from Berwick on Tweed, last weekend, selling for the top price of 4000gns.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • OVERALL averages increased by £2.15 per head to level at £58.88, at the first big sheep sale of the season at Skipton, when 3348 store lambs were forward.

  • A TOP price of 1500gns was achieved at the first Scottish Zwartbles Sheep Association sale at Stirling, last week, where the male champion and supreme overall, Donbraid Big D from Northern Ireland breeders, Ian and Adam Donald, Newtownstewart, sold to C and S Bisset of the Carrah flock from Evanton, Dingwall.

  • Russell Gray's pre-sale champion at the Scottish Premier Charollais Sheep show and sale at Stirling, proved the star attraction, selling for the lead price of 2200gns.

  • THERE were 23 pens forward for the annual show and sale of West and Central Suffolk Club prime lambs at Lawrie and Symington, on Monday, judged by Ewan Sanderson, Biggarshiels.

  • A TOTAL of 847 prime lambs were sold at Caledonian Marts' Stirling centre, on Tuesday, where a show and sale of Texel prime lamb trios on behalf of the Scottish Texel Sheep Breeders' Club was judged by Alistair Beaton, from A Gray (Butchers), Upper Craig, Stirling.