• ONE OF the main sessions at the AHDB Outlook Conference will be looking at the changing trading environment, not only in Europe but further afield.

  • PURCHASES OF agricultural tractors (more than 50hp) in the UK in 2013 fell by just shy of 10.5% on the year, to 12,498 units, according to the latest report from the Agricultural Engineers Association.

  • SCOTLAND MAY have enjoyed a glorious summer and a much improved harvest, which, combined with a relatively mild winter to date, should point to reduced fodder prices.

  • BEEF CATTLE prices are falling fast with many blaming a lack lustre demand caused by cautious processors securing increased supplies throughout December and often from across the Irish Sea where prices are up to £1 per deadweight kg cheaper.

  • THE FORMER record priced Beltex tup lamb and National Show champion winner, Kingledores Rascal, has died from copper poisoning.

  • THE GRETNAHOUSE herd of Aberdeen-Angus cattle has sold a bull for £15,000 in a deal with Messrs Hurn, for their Wickmere Herd, in Norfolk.

  • A SIGNIFICANT export of semen from five UK Limousin bulls arrived in Australia in November, when sold to Tim Keys for his Keystone Genetics business based in North-east Victoria.

  • OVEN READY turkeys sold to 413.0p per lb at the recent sale at Dingwall and Highland Marts.

  • JOHN SWAN sold a total of 348 lots of Christmas poultry, which included turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese and pheasants, at the annual sale, last week.

  • FOR BREEDS other than Holstein, there has been stability within the DairyCo Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) rankings where British Friesians, in particular, have remained rock solid.