• FARMERS, butchers and processors throughout Scotland are celebrating the news that Scotch Beef PGI has recently been revealed as the nation's favourite Scottish food.

  • THE genomic young sire list is where considerable excitement lies when it comes to Holstein genetics and the December index run, published by DairyCo, demonstrates the fast pace of change.

  • WITH the Christmas shows and sales all but over and meat buyers now looking to the January market, deadweight cattle prices have slipped since their recent peak almost a month ago, and values in the next few weeks are unlikely to improve.

  • OIL prices may well be at their lowest level since July, 2010, but fertiliser values - although stable - are creeping up, with the majority of compounds some £10 to £25 up on 2013 values and expected to rise further at the turn of the year.

  • NEW research into the genetics of ewe longevity could benefit the UK sheep industry by as much as £4.35m through reducing culling rates and having a more productive national flock.

  • FINANCIAL results from the animal nutrition company, Volac, show a 38% increased turnover from £143m to £197m, for the year ending February 2014.

  • JACOB flock champions, Gordon Connor and Scott Dalrymple (pictured from left along with Mhairi Connor), who run the Dun-Mor flock at Linlithgow, have become the first in Scotland to export the breed to the Czech Republic.

  • LAMB prices have been improving over the past month, with the SQQ in Scotland on Tuesday, sitting at 179.9p per live kg - up almost 5p on the week and almost 30p on the disasterous lows of 140p at the end of September - however, skin prices remain decidedly sticky.

  • A NEW live online bidding auction system with its own smartphone app has been launched by Carlisle-based auctioneering company, H and H.

  • TWO Charollais shearling rams on display at the Eurotier trade fair, from Aberdeenshire breeders, Bruce and Gregor Ingram, proved a huge hit.