• A NEW joint agricultural venture between the board of directors of Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas and chartered surveyors, GM Thomson and Co, trading as Thomson Wallets Rural, has been created.

  • ENSURING finished cattle hit specification will be the key to preventing significantly lower beef prices this year.

  • LAMB may not be the most popular of meats in Scotland, but it certainly gave turkey a run for its money in the run-up to the Christmas period, as sales grew both in terms of value and volume.

  • Scotch Beef PGI is the most recognised Scottish branded product, according to my final year dissertation entitled, "Consumer Perception of Scottish Food and Drink Products." As a farmer's daughter with a keen interest in food and drink following two summers working with RHASS and one with Scotland Food and Drink, it was an easy decision to choose food and drink branding as the topic for my Business with Marketing degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. As part of my research I undertook a questionnaire with 200 respondents and three focus groups totalling 17 people of different ages and backgrounds.

  • NOT SURPRISINGLY the main barometer in terms of industry confidence as far as the machinery trade goes, the annual tractor registration figure, has shown a severe slump in 2015.

  • THE market place has not been particularly kind to the Scottish prime stock producer during 2015.

  • TRADE was fast throughout the displenishing sale of machinery and implements from WJ Whiteford, Longnewton, Gifford, which was conducted by Border Livestock Exchange.

  • MILK prices in the UK remain dismally low for most farmers, but with exports to China slowly but surely on the up, there is some hope for the industry, albeit long-term.

  • CONTRARY to auctioneers' expectations earlier in the month, prime lamb values have held up better than expected, with the live auctions of this week and last, actually improving on the week.

  • OVEN-READY poultry sold well at the recent round of pre-Christmas sales.