• WITH increased registrations and membership throughout the last 12 months, as well as record-breaking sales, the Beef Shorthorn Society recorded another bumper year, it was announced at the society's recent agm in Stirling.

  • UNCERTAINTY over the prime cattle price has done nothing to dampen the trade at the recent bout of breeding cattle sales across the country, where female and calf outfits have maintained last year's prices and, in some cases, surpassed them.

  • TIGHTER margins as a result of falling milk prices are focusing British dairy producers' minds on maximising the value of their herds, according to Holstein UK chief executive Richard Jones.

  • PIG prices normally pick up from this time of year onwards, but they have a long way to go if they are to match those of May 2014, when values were some 32p per kg more than they are at present.

  • CALVING heifers at two years of age has been well documented to improve productivity and overall dairy herd margins, but a new report from America claims calving Holsteins at 22 months at a weight of 570-590kg, will not only boost herd health but ensure higher future milk yields.

  • WHILE they remain pretty cheap sources of protein, pork and poultry sales are in decline, with the values and volumes sold in the 12 weeks up to April 26 falling on the same period in 2014.

  • A NEW publication to help farmers prevent sheep lameness and offer advice on treating existing problems has been launched by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

  • A ROUND-UP of recent implement and machinery sales.

  • SHEEP farmers selling their wool through the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) can look forward to similar prices to that of the 2014 season, with slight increases within specific types and breeds - all going well, they could improve on those figures announced in this week's 2015 guide to wool clip values.

  • TWO of Scotland's most iconic foods - Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI - were high profile in Hong Kong this week at Hofex, Asia's leading food and hospitality trade show.