• It remains to be seen whether the 'No lamb week' initiative will have a long-term effect on future prime sheep sales, but those who ignored pleas to withhold lambs certainly reaped at the early sales this week.

  • Scottish farming businesses hit by delays in receiving their new Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) are being offered a fee free loan to bridge the gap thanks to RBS.

  • QUALITY Meat Scotland's 2014 'Love Scotch Lamb' public relations campaign has been announced as a finalist in a major industry award, just weeks ahead of the launch of the 2015 campaign.

  • SCOTTISH livestock breeder, Colin Wight, Carwood, Biggar, and Northern Ireland's David Connolly, have been appointed onto the council of management of the British Charolais Cattle Society, to stand alongside fellow breeder, Steven Nesbitt, who has been re-elected as chairman and president, Cyril Millar.

  • SHEEP scab, an increasingly serious problem for British sheep farmers, was a discussion topic at the recent Clyde monitor farm meeting, hosted by monitor farmer Andrew Baillie, at Carstairs Mains in South Lanarkshire.

  • WHILE prime lamb values are falling fast, one supermarket chain has launched the UK's first major sheep feed conversion efficiency trial in an attempt to identify the most efficient maternal breeding lines.

  • 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.