• CHRISTMAS poultry sales are in full swing up and down the country, with two taking place before The SF went to press on Tuesday, writes Kelly Finlay.

  • A SIXTH year pupil at Harris Academy, Dundee, has been presented with the award for Scotland's top health and food technology student by BBC MasterChef:

  • THE Scotch Potential Eligibility Cattle Checker (SPECC) is a new tool from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) which allows farmers, auction markets and abattoirs to check whether individual animals are potentially eligible for the Scotch brand. SPECC, which is very easy to use and returns quick search results, makes it possible for farmers to view the status of all cattle which are currently registered on their holding(s).

  • WHILE 2015 has been well documented as a bad year for lamb prices, there are some positives that can be taken forward, according to a recent report by AHDB Beef and Lamb.

  • SCOTCH Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI were high profile at the recent Scottish Sports Awards, with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) sponsoring the Young Sports Personality category.

  • PRIME lamb values have been slowly but surely been heading north over the past month and last week, reached their highest level since July, but prices for the next couple of months could be very much up in the air.

  • A NEW No 1 Holstein sire heads up the AHDB Dairy Bull Proofs published this week, with Kings-Ransom Erdman, proving to be one of the best daughter-proven bulls of the breed for transmitting longer lifespans.

  • James Smith (68) celebrated 45 years of service with the firm of J and A Galloway, Lochlyoch, Biggar, at LiveScot at Lanark.

  • SOME 111 head of prime cattle was forward for Dingwall and Highland Mart's Christmas show and sale at Dingwall on Tuesday, where judge E Munro, of John M Munro Butchers, Dingwall, backed his decision and bought his choice of champion at £2261,00 or 380p per kg.

  • THERE WAS one glimmer of good news for sheep farmers this week when it was announced that Marks and Spencer is to widen the window whereby it accepts Scotch and UK lamb into is stores.