• A NEW initiative has been set up by the Eblex Better Returns Programme for beef and sheep producers who want to get more out of their grassland.

  • AVERAGE FARM incomes have been higher than the standard level of support on British farms for the past five years, but there is still a huge need for financial assistance in the hills and uplands.

  • ALASDAIR HOUSTON'S Dumfriesshire-based Gretnahouse Charolais herd has been recognised with the Harman Charolais Genetic Improvement Award 2014 for making the greatest genetic progress in Scotland and within the entire British Charolais Herdbook during the last 12 months.

  • A STEADY rise in the prime hogg trade in recent weeks has boosted the confidence of flockmasters.

  • TOO MANY private sales and uncertainty over CAP reform, appear to be hitting the quality and prices for Highland cattle at their main bull sale of the year in Oban this week.

  • WHILST AVERAGES were back £400 on the year and for fewer sold, the Charolais breed still managed to accumulate the best breed average of all the spring bull sales, at Stirling on Tuesday, with 139 levelling at £6538 and a 73% clearance rate.

  • DEMAND FOR Simmental bulls at Stirling on Monday, remained steady on the year, with trade peaking at 16,000gns to average £5267 for 119, down just shy £400 per head and for two fewer sold.

  • TRADE WAS mixed across the board at the annual show and sale of Galloway cattle at Castle Douglas last week, with averages up and down across the sections.

  • A LEAD price of 37,000gns backed up by a further 11 five-figure transactions put the gloss back on to what had been a fairly dire trade for senior bulls at last weekend's show and sale of pedigree Limousin cattle at Carlisle.

  • CUMBERLAND AND Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart has announced the appointment of Trevor Hebdon as the company's new managing director, following an in-depth review of the business.