• 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.

  • A NEW national programme to drive forward the genetic selection of beef cattle for feed use efficiency, is seeking to recruit commercial beef units to take part in a project that will run over four years.

  • WHILE prime lamb prices continue to fall - many of this week's early live markets witnessed average prices of 150-155p per kg - the retail giant, Asda has put its weight behind UK sheep farmers by ensuring that most of its fresh lamb is UK sourced from mid-July while also rolling back retail prices to encourage greater sales.

  • A CALL has been made for the AHDB dairy levy to be diverted to product protection and health education.

  • It was a case of third time lucky for Somerset dairy producer, Neil Baker from Rushywood Farm, Haselbury Plucknett, when he was presented the prestigious NMR RABDF Gold Cup 2015.

  • NON-TRADITIONAL EU markets could prove key to developing UK sheep meat exports according to a report from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef and Lamb.

  • THE introduction of significant changes to the breeding management in the Peebles monitor farm herd is delivering real benefits to their bottom line.

  • A JOINT venture between Volac International and Wilmar International, will see the development of a worldwide added value animal feed fat business.

  • JUST post your favourite (sensible!) memory of this year's Royal Highland Show on the QMS Facebook page and PM us your address and we'll get a colourful Scotch Beef Royal Highland Show 2015 limited edition t-shirt in the post to you.

  • CENTRE records for a Border Collie pup were smashed at a working dog sale at Skipton, when Irish brothers, Padraig and Joe Doherty, of Ardagh Sheepdogs, County Donegal, sold their black and white bitch, Ann, for 1850gns.