• DESPITE an improved economy and a last-minute surge from shoppers, sales of meat were down on the year during the six-week Christmas trading period.

  • LOW-COST liquid co-products may not contain the true feed value that milk producers and beef farmers expect them to have, with other types of feed often required to supplement the diet as a result.

  • SCOTLAND'S Luing cattle breed, which is celebrating its 50th society sale at Castle Douglas, next month, is growing in popularity, with a increasing number of bulls and females now living in Yorkshire, Wales, and as far down as Southampton.

  • DEMAND for prime lambs has remained firm over the past six weeks, with prices now some 20p per live kg above last years levels, but it is the store lamb and cull ewe trade that has soared ahead in recent weeks.

  • EBLEX has boosted resource in its communications team in respeonse to increasing calls from levy payers and stakeholders for information to help drive the industry forward.

  • A NEW farm and farm related insurance service has recently been announced by the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart for the many clients who support C and D's two auction marts at Longtown and Dumfries.

  • FALLING MILK prices are prompting many dairy farmers to re-think feed costs this winter and Stirlingshire dairy producer, David Hamilton - currently Scotland's 'Dairy Farmer of the Year' - is no exception.

  • Despite continued low market prices for milk on the international dairy market, there are some brief signs of price stabalisation.

  • FINISHED beef cattle prices have somewhat rallied over the past six months, but while they slowly but surely nudged north from July onwards, the cast cow trade slumped south during the same period.

  • MILK producers of all breeds and crosses with spring-calving herds can look to the new Spring Calving Index (£SCI) to help with their sire selection.