• AN Aberdeen-Angus bull from John Elliot jnr's Elliot herd from Kelso, has been sold privately for £20,000 to Abington Farms, Great Abington, Cambridgeshire.

  • WITH ex-farm values for beef cattle and lambs considerably lower than what they were this time last year, and indeed significantly less compared to those in 2013, while prices at retail level in general have crept up, it comes as no surprise that the price spread between producers and retailers has consistently widened.

  • NEWS and old season lamb prices have been up to £30 per head lower than year earlier values in recent months and while this is unlikely to change in the near future, there is light at the end of what currently seems a very long, dark tunnel.

  • HEXHAM and Northern Marts has strengthened its livestock auctioneering team with the appointment of Drew Patrick (23), who has joined as a trainee auctioneer and fieldsman.

  • FINISHED beef prices will have to improve dramatically if store cattle purchasers are to make any sort of margin on their investments.

  • Venison and fish in demand

  • SIZE may be beautiful for many beef producers, but at the other end of the scale, Genus ABS has introduced one of the UK's smallest breeds - the Dexter to its specialist breeds beef stud.

  • FORGET the doom and gloom prevailing over lamb prices at present - there are positive signals for the future according to those in the know attending last week's highly successful North Sheep.

  • AFTER a decidedly long, cold spring, Scottish livestock producers got just what the doctor ordered at Highland Sheep on Tuesday - a good dry day complete with plenty of sunshine and much needed craic to discuss the pros and cons of this year's lambing at one of the leading farms in the area.

  • JIM Dunn, who has been auctioneering with Caledonian Marts for 47 years, has recently retired.