• FOR the 20th consecutive year, the Limousin has remained the most popular beef sire, having been confirmed as the UK's No 1 numerical breed, with 486,680 calves registered in 2015.

  • PRIME sheep values are fast approaching if not already matching or exceeding prices seen this time last year at many auction marts, and are likely to improve further with Easter falling early, according to those in the know.

  • EUROPE has always proved a key export market for British lamb and sheep farmers can now look forward to the possibility that America will open up its doors before the end of the year.

  • WHITE call ducks proved the star attraction at Harrison and Hetherington's spring sale of poultry, waterfowl, hatching eggs, equipment and pigs, at Carlisle, securing several of the top prices, including the day's lead of £510 for a pair bought by Messrs Roberts, Shropshire.

  • FARMERS attending the next round of the 'Grazing Group' meetings will have the chance to benefit from some practical and interesting research that grazing expert Philip Creighton has undertaken in Ireland.

  • WITH the new pig abattoir at Brechin suffering a few 'teething problems' and struggling to work to full capacity, the outlook for producers both north and south of the Border, remains decidedly challenging.

  • A YOUNG farmer from East Kilbride has been unveiled as the winner of Scottish farming's debut Bright Sparks Award.

  • A THREE-DAY auction sale through Euro Auctions, in Leeds, saw more than 4900 lots of machinery and farm equipment go under the hammer to gross almost £30m.

  • THE Highland Cattle Society's 10-year business plan to re-shape its finances appears to be on track to deliver significant changes in its fortunes.

  • BOB and Kay Adam's Newhouse herd from Newhouse of Glamis, has triumphed to win the Harman Charolais Genetic Improvement Award 2016 for the greatest genetic progress in Scotland, in the past year.