• THE FORMER record priced Beltex tup lamb and National Show champion winner, Kingledores Rascal, has died from copper poisoning.

  • THE GRETNAHOUSE herd of Aberdeen-Angus cattle has sold a bull for £15,000 in a deal with Messrs Hurn, for their Wickmere Herd, in Norfolk.

  • A SIGNIFICANT export of semen from five UK Limousin bulls arrived in Australia in November, when sold to Tim Keys for his Keystone Genetics business based in North-east Victoria.

  • OVEN READY turkeys sold to 413.0p per lb at the recent sale at Dingwall and Highland Marts.

  • JOHN SWAN sold a total of 348 lots of Christmas poultry, which included turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese and pheasants, at the annual sale, last week.

  • FOR BREEDS other than Holstein, there has been stability within the DairyCo Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) rankings where British Friesians, in particular, have remained rock solid.

  • 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)