• IN contrast to prime cattle prices which have slowly slipped south in recent weeks, store cattle values appear to be racing ahead, with many sales witnessing higher returns - virtually on a weekly basis, as finishers look to cash in on the abundance of cheap feed available.

  • Dogs met a good strong trade at Skipton Auction Mart's first sale of working sheep dogs of 2015, where the trade was topped at 4500gns.

  • SCOTCH Beef and Lamb will be on retail shelves throughout Sweden as a result of a new partnership involving Quality Meat Scotland on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry, and Swedish retail giant, ICA

  • BEEF and sheep farmers are consistently reminded of the need to improve levels of efficiency and production if they are to make money without the Single Farm Payment, and while the best are, the gap between the top third and the average is rising, while a large proportion fail to cover their costs without financial assistance.

  • AVERAGE net profits from specialist pig farms for 2014/15 are set to slip by more than 20% - the largest proportional fall for any type of farm - according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

  • A DEAL worth up to (£11.1m) per year to supply the first beef from Europe, to the US since the lifting of the BSE-related ban, has been done between Ireland's ABP Food Group and the US.

  • FORGET expensive concentrate-type feeds...

  • ESTIMATED Breeding Values for calving ease direct in the Charolais breed increased by 1.0% since 2007 in a continual response from breeders to deliver high performance progeny which are easier to calve, according to the herdbook's annual Breedplan report published in January, 2015.

  • NORTHERN Irish meat giant Dunbia, already exports beef and lamb to around 20 international markets and employs more than 3000 people, but it now sees China as its priority target.

  • DESPITE a challenging trading environment, the farmer-owned business, Mole Valley Farmers, has reported a solid year of sales with the business showing continued growth and improved efficiencies.