• Scottish poultry numbers have reached a 10-year low, following a major restructuring of the industry in Scotland.

  • SHEEPMEAT exports to France are important to the UK farming industry, but with the strength of sterling rising 10% alone in 2015 and 18% since March, 2014, fears are growing for the remainder of the year's trade - especially post-Easter.

  • HILL sheep farmers can look forward to a few more positive years under the new CAP reforms and the news that LFASS payments are likely to continue as they are until 2018.

  • CASTLE Douglas-based property investment company, Wallets Marts, has announced a number of changes to its board of directors.

  • DALMALLY sheep breeder, Alex Macpherson, Balliemeanoch, bought the lead priced lot at 2750gns at Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's sale of 43 working collies and seven pups, staged in conjunction with Moffat Sheepdog Society at Hammerlands, Moffat.

  • MILK production will become further concentrated in the key milk producing regions of Northern and Western Europe, when EU milk quotas are removed on April 1, 2015.

  • DESPITE a competitive market place, the H and H Group, based in Carlisle, has demonstrated continued strength with its six month results to the end of December, 2014, showing slightly higher profits before tax of £839,000, against £822,000 the previous year, on a lower turnover of £7.1m.

  • Calf registrations in 2014 were almost 2% ahead of the previous year at 2.61m head, according to the latest data from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS).

  • THE body which administers the sale terms for most pedigree beef cattle, the National Beef Association, has completed a revision of its terms and conditions of sale which make them more robust and workable for purchasers and vendors.

  • SUPERMARKETS have dominated food sales for many years now, but there are a growing number of opportunites out there for producers willing to take the risk.