• TWO of Scotland's most iconic foods - Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI - were high profile in Sweden this week at GastroNord, one of the major trade shows for the food and beverage industry in northern Europe.

  • INVERNESS farmer Euan Ferguson decided if he had to electronically identify (EID) his sheep flock, he would make the most of the information it provided.

  • THERE was strong demand at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' recent machinery and implement sale when some 83% of the 3554 lots on offer sold to more than 2000 bidders.

  • CONTRARY to GB British Cattle Movement Service figures, which revealed the Limousin breed as the only beef breed to show an increase in registrations on the year, results in Scotland highlight a slightly different picture.

  • IN terms of marketing, QMS' priority, in terms of this year's budget spend, remains the same - marketing the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

  • FOR the first time in many years, sales of lamb in GB are up, with figures from Kantar Worldpanel revealing increases in the volume sold over four reporting periods from mid-September through until the beginning of 2016.

  • THE continued easing of prime cattle prices this week is a source of concern to farmers keen to maintain cash flows, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

  • A LOOK at machinery and implement sales.

  • A NEW partnership between one of the largest breeding companies in the UK and another on the continent will ensure farmers throughout Spain have access to a range of premier beef and dairy genetics.

  • FORMER Morrison's agricultural manager, Andrew Loftus, has been appointed an independent board member for the Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Limited (MLCSL), the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).