• 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).

  • THE JERSEY breed saw the biggest re-shuffle in the latest bull proofs released from DairyCo, which included all the main dairy breeds bar Holstein sires.

  • APPROVAL HAS finally been given for a proposed new auction centre and rural business hub close to junction 18 of the M6, following submission of a proposal by auctioneers, estate agents and valuers, Frank Marshall LLP and Wright Manley LLP, in conjunction with Pochin Land and Development.

  • BPEX IS to expand the range of historical pig price reporting to include an all new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).

  • ASDA AND ABP have recently announced the formation of a new group intended to create greater understading between Scottish beef farmers, processors and retailers.

  • MORE THAN £100,000 was returned to British Limousin Cattle Society members in 2013 as part of two breed improvement incentives.