• BRITAIN'S FIRST ever 'Tag sale' of pedigree livestock, will take place at Catrine House Coffee House and Icecream Parlour, Mauchline, on Saturday, February 22, from 7pm through to midnight.

  • STRENGTHENING OF sterling against the euro and the US dollar might well be good news for travellers, but it causes real difficulties for the livestock industry.

  • DESPITE AN impressive parade of Luing cattle at Castle Douglas, trade for bulls certainly lacked the sparkle of previous years, with only 14 of the 24 forward finding new homes.
     

  • BIMEDA HAVE announced that it has acquired Zootech, the French veterinary sales division of Provimi.

  • SCOTLAND'S BEEF farmers have a long way to go if they are to survive a future blighted by much reduced Single Farm Payments and the same appears true for the industry's sheep men, many of whom will not only have to get to grips with working out farm costings but also increasing levels of production.

  • FINISHED PRIME lamb prices may be far from spectacular yet, but the prospects for the remainder of the 2013 crop are optimistic going by the AHDB's latest market update, which claims that on top of last year's reduced GB lamb crop due to the horrendous weather, there was a 3% increase in the number of lambs killed between May and December.

  • INCREASED DEMAND for British Wool at British Wool Marketing Board auctions has bolstered prices for all breeds of sheep with the result that the overall auction price has risen by 30p per kg on the year.

  • INCREASED DEMAND for more accurate Estimated Breeding Values has resulted in the major beef breeds tightening their rules and regulations on all future calf registrations.

  • LIVEWEIGHT LAMB prices have rebounded over the past two weeks, with several Scottish centres now some 20-30p per kg ahead of last year's trade, bolstered by a tightening of numbers during the same period.

  • TRADE REMAINED similar to last month at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club's show and sale at Carlisle, last week, where an overall average of £2176 was achieved.