• Bluefaced Leicesters from the Wights at Midlock, Crawford, Abington, led the way at an inaugural society show and sale at Longtown, producing the top two sales at £3500 and £1100 for ram lambs.

  • THREE Scottish sheep breeders made their mark at the NSA Wales and Border Ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground, on Monday, forking out the joint top price of 6800gns to buy the sale leader - a Texel shearling ram.

  • ON-GOING research by a team of UK nutritionists is highlighting the importance of ensuring the correct sources of energy are used in dairy cow diets this winter.

  • DEMAND was strong for top end Beltex on offer at the Beltex Scotland sale at Lanark, last week, where a top price of 2300gns was for the best from Neale and Janet McQuistin's Airyolland flock, from New Luce.

  • Good commercial rams sold well at last week's club show and sale of Texel rams at Lanark, where the pre-sale champion led the day.

  • A NEW division and brand for pedigree livestock insurance cover has been launched by the Harrison and Hetherington Group - in-Livestock will operate as part of H and H Insurance Brokers, initially specialising in insurance for pedigree cattle and sheep sold through the auction and farm-to-farm.

  • IT may be sunny and warm for September, but prime lamb prices are in virtual free fall with most of the auction marts over the past week witnessing values fall in excess of 10p per live kg on the previous seven days.

  • DESPITE the recent drop in farm-gate milk prices, it is still well worth pushing for the extra litres this winter, with one of the best milk price to feed cost ratios now possible.

  • GB pig values have again fallen on the week, with latest GB DAPP (UK spec') price sitting at 155.21p per deadweight kg - the lowest this year - which is again down on the week, and a massive 10p per kg lower on the year and on the 164.5p seasonal peak seen at the beginning of June.

  • ONE of the UK's leading turkey farm businesses, Usk Vale, South Wales, has ventured into pedigree Texels, with the private purchase of Alastair Gault's Balmoral Show champion, Forkins Una, from the Forkins flock, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.