• PRICES BEING paid for pedigree sheep have never been higher, with top class in-lamb sheep attaining averages of more than £1000 in the pre-Christmas sales - the result of a growing knowledge of genetics, as farmers realise that better bred stock can command top prices, according to Harrison and Hetherington's sales director, Scott Donaldson.

  • THE DISPERSAL of the adult portion of the Spotsmains Suffolk flock belonging to JS and JB Mauchlen, saw an excellent selection of ewes sell well to a large ringside of local and distant buyers.

  • RETAINING HIS number one position in the latest ranking of genomic Holstein sires, is the Robust son, De-Su RB Moonray, a noted fat improver at 46.1kg, whose transmission of health, fertility and conformation earn him a sky-high Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) of £292.

  • UK-BRED HOLSTEIN bulls have triumphed in a fiercely competitive international field to take three of the top 10 positions in the latest bull proofs ranked on Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI)

  • THE BRITISH Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) has formally opened its new offices and headquarters in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

  • NEW DEVELOPMENTS in maize silage analysis methods, will result in more accurate rations and better cow performance according to Dr Jonathan Blake, chairman of the Forage Analytical Assurance Group (FAA).

  • SCOTTISH PRIME beef cattle prices have slowly but surely been creeping upwards, and with the very best now knocking on the door of 430p per deadweight kg due to a severe shortage of supplies, the fear is that one of Scotland's most popular products has outpriced itself.

  • FOLLOWING SEVERAL years of uncertainty in the dairy industry, milk producers can look forward to period of positive returns with improvements in farmgate milk prices and reductions in feed prices.

  • LIVESTOCK FARMERS have enjoyed a much better year than 2012, with better quality and extended grass growth following a glorious summer and mild autumn, but it appears to be taking it's toll on the lamb trade which is being dragged down by an increase in the number of over weight and over-spec' lambs.

  • FOCUSING ON reducing unnecessary fixed costs could save some lowland and Less Favoured Area (LFA) suckler herds £100 per cow, according to EBLEX's first Stocktake Report.