• PRIME beef cattle prices have been less than 2012 values for the past three months and with the recent plummet in lamb values, sheep farmers have not not fared much better, but it appears deer farmers are also struggling despite the fact venison sales have soared over the past year.

  • NORTH-EAST cattle enthusiast, Steven Nesbitt, of Winston, Darlington, has been elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society's council of management, succeeding Alasdair Houston, of Gretna Green, who stepped down after completing his two-year term of office.

  • SELECTING the right replacement heifers is no easy task when there are so many health issues and performance figures to consider, but it can be made simpler by drawing up a list of heifers born during the recent calving season along with their birth date and their dam before weaning.

  • PRIME lamb prices are still falling and virtually on a daily basis, but there is positive news in the sector going by the first of the early breeding ewe and store lamb sales.

  • June 23, 2014 marked an important day for the Scottish planning system, with the publication of two updated documents; the National Planning Policy Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).

  • A FIVE-FIGURE sum has been paid for a shipment of semen taken from the 16-month-old Hereford bull Haven Kingpin.

  • A COMPLETELY new event for pedigree and commercial beef farmers alike will take place at the former showgrounds in Belfast, on Saturday, November 1.

  • FOLLOWING the recent sharp drop in the lamb trade, prices are slowly but surely beginning to level off with some centres actually reporting an increase in averages during the last seven days of auction mart trading.

  • A THREE-YEAR-OLD Border Collie bitch named Tock ticked all the right boxes to clock up the day's top price of 4000gns at Skipton Auction Mart's annual summer sale of working sheep dogs, last week.

  • A RECENT auction of trophies and valuables belonging to the Royal Society of England raised more than £400,000, despite a number of items withdrawn by breed societies and families who donated them (see page three for story).