• REDUCED numbers and fewer heavy types have bolstered the prime lamb trade, with auction marts both north and south of the Border witnessing price rises of anything up to 5p per live kg for old season lambs.

  • QUALITY Meat Scotland (QMS) has produced a stylish new Scotch Beef PGI guide to inform and inspire consumers about the brand, Scotland's favourite food.

  • The use of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) when bull buying was one of the topics discussed at the recent Clyde monitor farm meeting.

  • PRIME beef cattle prices remain worryingly low, and are continuing to fall, but it's not all doom and gloom - young store cattle appear to be holding their value and finished beef prices are expected to pick up by the end of May, according to those in the know.

  • THE sheep industry is getting behind plans for the NSA Highland Sheep event with more than 70 trade stands and 20 breed and breeder demonstrations booked to attend.

  • A NEW tracker contract from suppliers, Noble Foods but backed by Tesco with all of its packers, will insure egg producers against volatile movements in feed costs.

  • Prime beef prices are expected to rise as supplies tighten as the year progresses, but they could fall in the next 18-24 months with beef-sired calf registrations in Northern Ireland in the first three months of 2015, up 18% on the year to 68,200 - the second highest figure in six years.

  • Reformulating dairy rations in an effort to reduce feed costs and stave off the impact of lower milk prices can have a negative effect on feed efficiency and, ultimately, profitability.

  • A ROUND-UP of recent implement and machinery sales.

  • WITH an overall type merit (TM) of +3.64, De-Su BKM McCutchen leads both the latest UK and International indexes issued by Holstein UK.