• NUMEROUS loads of pedigree cattle of several breeds have already been exported to the continent in recent years, but this week saw the first export of Dexter cattle from the UK to the Czech Republic.

  • AVERAGE nitrogen contents of GB barley are the lowest in more than 30 years and since records began in records began in 1977.

  • PRIME lamb prices have at long last started to move north in anticipation of the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha after weeks of continual decline which saw values as low as 135p per live kg at some centres.

  • Females from Jim Brown's Eildon dispersal, from Mindrum Mill, Northumberland, proved the star attraction at the Border Leicester show and sale at Lanark, securing all the lead prices including a a new female breed record of £2050 - twice.

  • Scottish Bluefaced Leicester breeders, made their presence felt at an association show and sale at Ballymena Auction Mart, Northern Ireland, last weekend, buying several of the top priced lots.

  • Bluefaced Leicesters from the Wights at Midlock, Crawford, Abington, led the way at an inaugural society show and sale at Longtown, producing the top two sales at £3500 and £1100 for ram lambs.

  • THREE Scottish sheep breeders made their mark at the NSA Wales and Border Ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground, on Monday, forking out the joint top price of 6800gns to buy the sale leader - a Texel shearling ram.

  • ON-GOING research by a team of UK nutritionists is highlighting the importance of ensuring the correct sources of energy are used in dairy cow diets this winter.

  • DEMAND was strong for top end Beltex on offer at the Beltex Scotland sale at Lanark, last week, where a top price of 2300gns was for the best from Neale and Janet McQuistin's Airyolland flock, from New Luce.

  • Good commercial rams sold well at last week's club show and sale of Texel rams at Lanark, where the pre-sale champion led the day.