• Despite continued low market prices for milk on the international dairy market, there are some brief signs of price stabalisation.

  • FINISHED beef cattle prices have somewhat rallied over the past six months, but while they slowly but surely nudged north from July onwards, the cast cow trade slumped south during the same period.

  • MILK producers of all breeds and crosses with spring-calving herds can look to the new Spring Calving Index (£SCI) to help with their sire selection.

  • ONE of the most influential sires in the Genus ABS dairy catalogue, Pictson Shottle, has been retired from the active bull line-up following a 15-year career.

  • AS NEW rules regarding sheep identification come in to play on January 1, 2015, the National Sheep Association has urged sheep keepers in all parts of the UK to be aware of the changes.

  • A ROUND up of pre-Christmas poultry sales.

  • A NEW farm and farm related insurance service has recently been announced by the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart for the many clients who support C and D's two auction marts at Longtown and Dumfries.

  • THE recent annual ANM Group's directors' lunch marked the retirement of David Brown, who had served as a board member for 17 years and vice chairman for 10.

  • FARMERS, butchers and processors throughout Scotland are celebrating the news that Scotch Beef PGI has recently been revealed as the nation's favourite Scottish food.

  • THE genomic young sire list is where considerable excitement lies when it comes to Holstein genetics and the December index run, published by DairyCo, demonstrates the fast pace of change.