• A COMPREHENSIVE surveillance scheme to help control bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD), in UK beef and dairy herds will be launched next month.

  • EXPORT VOLUMES of UK sheep meat to non-EU markets in the first quarter of 2014 have hit a new record high, with shipments to these markets increasing by 53% compared with the same period last year.

  • THE ROYAL Northern Agricultural Society's GrassTech event at Plewlands Farm, Duffus, Elgin, last week proved an outstanding event drawing an estimated attendance of 5000 farmers from Orkney to the Borders.

  • A MUCH improved spring season has led to an increase in the number of new season lambs reaching the market, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland.

  • FORGET EXPENSIVE concentrate feeds, beef cattle can be finished cheaply and effectively and gain in excess of 2kg per day, solely off grass and other forage crops, significantly reducing costs of production and increasing profit margins.

  • LIVESTOCK REACHED a top of £1400 on several occassions at the farm displenishment sale at Cocklawfoot, near Kelso, on behalf of RH and MR Dixon and conducted by John Swan.

  • CAMPBELL SISTERS Kitty and Amy, of Glenrath Kitty Campbell Free Range Eggs, based just outside Peebles, are celebrating in style having won two major food awards.

  • STRONG AUCTION sales throughout the current selling season, should bode well for sheep producers selling wool through the British Wool Marketing Board over the next 12 months.

  • BEEF FARMERS should concentrate on producing animals that meet the specification demanded by abattoirs and cattle from good terminal and female lines to bolster end prices, instead of squabbling about end prices.

  • RECORD AVERAGES were set at the spring sale of working sheepdogs at the Rhiwlas Estate, Bala, last week, which saw a large crowd of potential buyers and a 90% clearance.