• DAIRY PRODUCERS need to keep a careful watch on milk composition as cows go out to grass to avoid changes in milk composition and particularly a drop in butterfat levels.

  • MARKET REPORTS indicate that store cattle have come through the winter months in fine form and continue to sell strongly through centres the length and breadth of the country.

  • JOHNE'S IS a growing problem for many cattle herds up and down the county, but the Welsh Black cattle breed appears to have come up with a template to control levels of this dibilitating disease.

  • Hereford Beef has added another supermarket chain to its list of suppliers, being offered to consumers in Sainsbury's at their fresh meat counters up and down the country, from this week onwards.

  • AN OVERSUPPLIED egg market not only in the UK but also Europe, combined with the threat of additional, cheaper eggs about to be imported from Ukraine, and the continued downward pressure on prices from supermarkets looks set to force many producers out of business.

  • DESPITE A declining national sheep flock, the number of store, breeding sheep, cull ewes and prime lambs sold through auction markets continues to rise.

  • NEWLY APPOINTED president of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraised in Scotland, Willie McCulloch, will take over from retiring president David Pritchard.

  • SCOTLAND'S MEAT promotional body, Quality Meat Scotland, is moving forward into 2014 with a refreshed and reinvigorated outlook following a period of challenge and change for the red meat industry.

  • MOST SCOTTISH farmers are only now in the throws of lambing, but while they desperately strive to keep mortality rates to a minimum, a growing number of ewes and lambs and indeed finished new season lambs are being sold on the open market at a level similar to or higher than last year.

  • A NEW round of testing to check for horsemeat contamination in beef products has been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).