• SOMATIC cell counts and calving intervals are at their lowest levels for 14 years, according to the latest breed averages from National Milk Records (NMR) recorded herds.

  • BUYERS from all over mainland UK and Ireland were forward for Andrew Stoddart's displenishing sale at Coulston Mains, Haddington, which was conducted by Border Livestock Exchange.

  • RECENT independent market research highlights the increasing importance of quality assurance schemes in building British and Scottish consumer trust in red meat brands, delegates heard this week at Quality Meat Scotland's 'Building business success' marketing conference.

  • THE importance of maintaining strong, positive relationships with a wide range of customers for Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork was emphasised this week.

  • INDEPENDANT dairy consultant, Hugh Kerr, has joined forces with the feed company, Harbro, in a bid to help dairy farmers gain access to progressive nutritional solutions, combined with best practice and modern technology.

  • DESPITE a damaging World Health Organisaton (WHO) announcement and the Forth Road Bridge closure, Fife-based family farmer and butcher, Puddledub, has achieved sales growth.

  • Game meat has become more popular than ever, with such products joining beef, lamb and pork as a regular dish - despite the past season's challenging weather.

  • JULIE Sedgewick has been announced as the 2015 winner of the National Sheep Association's George Hedley Memorial Award in recognition of her contribution to the sheep industry.

  • A SERIES of free workshops highlighting how sheep farmers can benefit from the use of Electronic Identification (EID) in their flocks will be hosted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) next month.

  • ANY recovery in future milk prices will be dependant on a reduction in production, the sale of excess stocks and a rise in demand, according to a new report from AHDB Dairy.