• A NEW diagnostic blood test for sheep scab infestation has been developed at the Moredun, with work now being carried out by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

  • RICHARD Jones (pictured) has recently joined Holstein UK as its new chief executive officer.

  • A PROJECT to develop a system for the exchange of cattle information across the supply chain has been given the go-ahead by Agri-tech Catalyst.

  • A TRADING bonus for members was announced by the ANM Group, which encompasses Aberdeen and Northern Marts, at a recent press briefing ahead of the group agm next week.

  • A CANADIAN bull has topped the recent DairyCo daughter-proven Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) ranking after heading up the UK's first ever genomic ranking three years ago.

  • MORE cattle carcases are meeting the R4L or better target specification year-on-year according to Eblex's latest analysis of 2014 carcase classification data.

  • SHEEP numbers processed in abattoirs and sold through livestock auction marts have continued to rise steadily according to reports released by both the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the Livestock Auctioneers' Association (LAA).

  • A GREAT show of cattle met an excellent demand to reach a top of £1300 on five occassions at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' show and sale of Aberdeen-Angus and native breeds at Thainstone on April 7.

  • SELLING through John Swan, last week, were 773 lots of vehicles, machinery and sundry items at its spring sale.

  • Beef was the lead performer amongst last year's meat exports with sales up by 6% on 2013 figures, while other meat products remained similar.