• DALMALLY sheep breeder, Alex Macpherson, Balliemeanoch, bought the lead priced lot at 2750gns at Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's sale of 43 working collies and seven pups, staged in conjunction with Moffat Sheepdog Society at Hammerlands, Moffat.

  • MILK production will become further concentrated in the key milk producing regions of Northern and Western Europe, when EU milk quotas are removed on April 1, 2015.

  • DESPITE a competitive market place, the H and H Group, based in Carlisle, has demonstrated continued strength with its six month results to the end of December, 2014, showing slightly higher profits before tax of £839,000, against £822,000 the previous year, on a lower turnover of £7.1m.

  • Calf registrations in 2014 were almost 2% ahead of the previous year at 2.61m head, according to the latest data from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS).

  • THE body which administers the sale terms for most pedigree beef cattle, the National Beef Association, has completed a revision of its terms and conditions of sale which make them more robust and workable for purchasers and vendors.

  • SUPERMARKETS have dominated food sales for many years now, but there are a growing number of opportunites out there for producers willing to take the risk.

  • DESPITE increased production and weak demand throughout the length and breadth of the EU, UK pig margins are holding up better than most.

  • DESPITE the rising value of sterling against the euro, demand from smaller markets helped drive a 6% growth in the volume of beef exports from the UK last year, with sheep shipments expected to be on a par with 2013, at the very least.

  • ONE of the longest established and most successful Simmental herds in the UK is to be dispersed on Saturday, September 12, at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre.

  • ONE of Scotland's best-known family farming businesses has had another successful year, culminating in the building of a £6m egg processing facility.