• A SCOTTISH herd was awarded the Morrisons Beef Shorthorn Suckler Herd of the Year title at the Stirling Bull Sales on Monday.

  • Despite great grass growing conditions last year and plentiful supplies of silage, oddities in weather patterns conspired to reduce the quality of some silages, with some producers becoming disappointed with the performance of their grass silage.

  • HUGE investment to the tune of £100,000 has been committed by the British Simmental Cattle Society to improving the profitability and efficiency of all types of cattle enterprises - it will not be breed specific.

  • JOHNES is a serious problem and will spread further unless dairy farmers wake up to the seriousness of this debilitating disease which not only affects cow health but also milk yields and overall returns.

  • AN EXTRA 'arm' has been attached to the popular Dairy Expo event at Carlisle - it will now host a new half-day technical conference.

  • Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported pre-tax profts of £1.6m, following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October, 2014.

  • A NEW, nutrient-rich feed has been introduced to the layers at the happy egg co.

  • FAST finishing and good grades are key to the profitability of the beef enterprise at the Gilchrists' family farms near Dunbar, East Lothian, a finalist in the 2014 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

  • DESPITE an improved economy and a last-minute surge from shoppers, sales of meat were down on the year during the six-week Christmas trading period.

  • LOW-COST liquid co-products may not contain the true feed value that milk producers and beef farmers expect them to have, with other types of feed often required to supplement the diet as a result.