• It might have been a dreich day, but three trailer loads of Shorthorn breeders enjoyed the Scottish club's visit to the Biggar family's 75-cow Chapelton herd at CAstle Douglas last weekend.

  • PRIME lamb prices have been falling steadily since mid-June and, with values dropping on a daily basis, are the lowest witnessed since 2009.

  • VIDEOS produced by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to promote Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI have attracted over 250,000 views by chefs around the world.

  • CONTRARY to popular belief, dermatitis and sole ulcers are one of the most heritable characteristics of all the health traits in dairy cattle but they and the £320 average cost of treatment can be avoided by selecting better sires according to Dr Evgenij Telezhenko.

  • DESPITE claims of mass over production throughout many countries in the EU, the overall milk yield is expected to rise by a mere 1% this year.

  • A HIGH-IMPACT advertising campaign behind Scotch Lamb PGI targeting 3.7m consumers is set to be launched by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in August.

  • WHILE lamb prices continue to fall to disasterously low levels with this week's early live centre average prices ranging from 145-150p per kg, there could be opportunities in the US for UK grass-fed lamb.

  • HOLSTEIN Scotland South held an extremely successful stockjudging and open day at Strandhead Farm, Tarbolton, Ayrshire, by kind permission of the Veitch family and their staff, last weekend, which attracted around 1000 dairy enthusiasts eager to view the new Lely robotic milking system.

  • ANGUS McCall, (centre) and his son Ewan, (left), explain their farming methods to visitors during the farm tour which formed part of the Luing Cattle Society's open day at Culmaily Farm, Golspie, Sutherland.

  • GROWING confidence in the beef sector on the back of much improved prime values have not only bolstered demand for breeding females but also the store trade with several centres enjoying some of the their best ever sales.