• 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.

  • A MAJOR new feed mill in Ayrshire is set to add competition to the feed market in the area and further across Scotland when it is up and running later this year.

  • FORESTRY in Scotland is an environmental and economic success story with the industry now displacing some £1bn worth of imports annually contributing to an estimated indirect £1.67bn to Scotland's economy.

  • A MILD winter, early spring and what appears to be a good summer - so far - have not only put a smile on many farmers' faces but also eased the pressure on feed bills and with cereal crops looking well both in this country and throughout the world, livestock producers can look forward to reduced feed prices in the coming year.

  • FINISHED BEEF prices throughout the UK and Ireland may well be on a continual downward scale, but the opposite holds true on the other side of the Atlantic where a shortage of supplies and strong domestic and export demand in America, is resulting in record prices.

  • A MORE favourable spring followed by a warm start to the summer has boosted grass growth and enabled increased numbers of lambs to be sold at Scotland's livestock markets in recent weeks.

  • DESPITE THE fact Scotland's national herd and calf registrations have dropped for the past three years in succession, beef prices are unlikely to rise until the back-end of the year.

  • A NEW breed of sheep from high up in the Swiss Alps looks set to take the pedigree industry by storm with the first importation of Valais Blacknose to Scotland.

  • DESPITE THE closure of Scotland's largest slaughterhouse at Broxden, last year, pig prices and profitability, are at long last heading in the right direction, with the majority of Scottish producers now looking forward to a positive future.

  • POULTRY IS set to become the world's favourite meat source, providing around 35% of all animal protein, being popular amongst both developed and developing countries, by providing a cheap and affordable protein source.