• VALE ROYAL Extra Special 13, an eight-month-old Simmental bull, has been sold to Kevin Thomas' Crowgey herd, in Cornwall, in a private £10,000 deal.

  • STRATEGIC FORWARD buying is advised for all spot protein feeds to ensure economical diets for livestock, according to a report from Countrywide Farmers, which claims limited supplies of shipments out of South America has meant continued high prices for hi-pro soya, in recent months.

  • A LARGE crowd gathered with anticipation at the first sale of Single Farm Payment entitlements at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, last week.

  • THE SCOTCH label is a highly protected brand which commands valuable premiums for Scottish farmers but it has its work cut out attracting such dividends when its own dwindling supplies face increasing amounts of cheaper beef from south of the Border and Ireland.

  • PREGNANT WOMEN have been advised to avoid close contact with animals that are giving birth.

  • FOR THE first time since records began - 110 years ago - dairy farm numbers in Scotland have fallen below the 1000 mark at 993, a reduction of 18 from last year.

  • THE NSA Lambing List for 2013/14 is now open, with the intention of matchmaking farmers who need assistance at lambing time with veterinary and agricultural students required to undertake a lambing placement as part of their educational studies.

  • LAWRIE AND Symington held an implements sale at Lanark, last week, which saw 49 lots of tractors, gators and quads sell, as well as 525 lots of field implements and machinery.

  • BRITISH FARMERS are provisionally estimated to have spent in the order of £1.9 billion on farm equipment in 2013, a drop of 4% on a year earlier.

  • DEMAND FOR sheep meat from Third Countries has helped lead to a significant increase in exports from the UK, according to Eblex.