• THERE'S stability in the latest spring calving index (£SCI) rankings published by AHDB Dairy, last week, as the Danish-bred Jersey, VJ Tester, retains his existing lead.

  • THERE'S been a shake up among the young genomic sires in the latest bull proofs published by AHDB Dairy at the beginning of April as three new bulls now sit in the top five, with many more throughout the rankings.

  • A FORMER number one sire has returned to the top of the daughter-proven Holstein bull proofs based of profitable lifetime index (£PLI).

  • TRACTOR SALES have been suffering from some pretty dramatic falls in the past few months largely prompted by delays to Basic Farm Payments and low commodity prices, but Scotland bucked the recent trend with a small increase in trading.

  • AS THE Scottish Farmer went to press, dairy bulls had sold to a top call of 5000gns at Carlisle.

  • CARR'S, the Agriculture, Food and Engineering Group, has announced results for the six months ended February 27, 2016, which show revenue as being down 9.4% to £189.1m, and operating profit up 0.5% to £9.6m.

  • IT is estimated that South America's beef exporters are set to increase exports by 11% during 2016, thanks to favourable currency values, improved access to importing countries and increased availability of beef.

  • Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is hosting a free 'Rising to the challenges' conference for sheep and beef farmers at Airth Castle Hotel near Falkirk on May 17.

  • PRIME hogg prices have shown some strength in recent weeks, albeit due to a reduced supply to the market following the Easter surge, but the number of heavyweight, out-of-specification hoggs is at its highest level for several years, according to Quality Meat Scotland's head of economic services, Stuart Ashworth.

  • WITH the spring store cattle season well underway, auctioneers are optimistic that prices will remain stable for the coming weeks, as long as cattle forward are at an ideal weight for finishers to take on.