• BRITISH FARMERS are provisionally estimated to have spent in the order of £1.9 billion on farm equipment in 2013, a drop of 4% on a year earlier.

  • DEMAND FOR sheep meat from Third Countries has helped lead to a significant increase in exports from the UK, according to Eblex.

  • SCOTCH BEEF might be synonymous with superior eating quality and commands a valuable premium for farmers.

  • FURTHER REDUCING the 'soya footprint' of English sheep production is the aim of two research projects which have been commissioned by Eblex.

  • 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.