• A COMPLETELY new event for pedigree and commercial beef farmers alike will take place at the former showgrounds in Belfast, on Saturday, November 1.

  • FOLLOWING the recent sharp drop in the lamb trade, prices are slowly but surely beginning to level off with some centres actually reporting an increase in averages during the last seven days of auction mart trading.

  • A THREE-YEAR-OLD Border Collie bitch named Tock ticked all the right boxes to clock up the day's top price of 4000gns at Skipton Auction Mart's annual summer sale of working sheep dogs, last week.

  • A RECENT auction of trophies and valuables belonging to the Royal Society of England raised more than £400,000, despite a number of items withdrawn by breed societies and families who donated them (see page three for story).

  • AT LONG last, prime cattle prices appear to have at least stabilised following seven months of almost continuous decline, during which time prices have fallen anything from £200 to £400 per head.

  • STORE lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • The Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award is now approaching entry deadline, July 24, and farmers and those in rural industry are being encouraged to enter or nominate beef producers who are showcasing and developing best practice.

  • FINISHED beef and lamb prices may have dropped markedly during the year, but so too are feed and forage values following the early spring and summer months which should ultimately reduce input costs for hard-pressed livestock farmers.

  • The FIRST meeting of a series of new Grazing Groups, set up by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) took place in Aberdeenshire this week at Ahren and Louise Urquhart's Maryfield Farm on the banks of the Dee at Aboyne.

  • Improved communication between retailers, processors and farmers relating to the types of meat in demand and the specification, is the key to alleviate the current crisis in the beef industry and ensure a sustainable and profitable British Beef industry.