• A NEW leader, along with an increased number of proven Holstein sire rankings dominated by bulls which transmit improvement to their daughters' health and fertility have emerged in the first proof run based on the revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • AT long, long last, prime beef cattle prices appear to be heading in the right direction with the most recent GB all prime average price increasing by more than a penny to 326.7p per dwkg - the first week this year, it has risen by more than a fraction.

  • INCREASED supplies coupled with subdued demand during this warm summer spell, have resulted in pig prices falling to their lowest point since April 2013, with the UK-spec DAPP falling for the fourth consecutive week to 158.02p per kg.

  • BRITISH farmers are estimated to have spent if the order of £1.9bn on farm equipment in 2013 with a similar level of expenditure expected in 2014, according to a report from the Agricultural Engineers Association, which states tractors - generally the best indicator of activity - showed an increase of 4% on the year during the first six months of the year.

  • With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.

  • PRIME beef cattle prices have been less than 2012 values for the past three months and with the recent plummet in lamb values, sheep farmers have not not fared much better, but it appears deer farmers are also struggling despite the fact venison sales have soared over the past year.

  • NORTH-EAST cattle enthusiast, Steven Nesbitt, of Winston, Darlington, has been elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society's council of management, succeeding Alasdair Houston, of Gretna Green, who stepped down after completing his two-year term of office.

  • SELECTING the right replacement heifers is no easy task when there are so many health issues and performance figures to consider, but it can be made simpler by drawing up a list of heifers born during the recent calving season along with their birth date and their dam before weaning.

  • PRIME lamb prices are still falling and virtually on a daily basis, but there is positive news in the sector going by the first of the early breeding ewe and store lamb sales.

  • June 23, 2014 marked an important day for the Scottish planning system, with the publication of two updated documents; the National Planning Policy Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).