• THE market place has not been particularly kind to the Scottish prime stock producer during 2015.

  • TRADE was fast throughout the displenishing sale of machinery and implements from WJ Whiteford, Longnewton, Gifford, which was conducted by Border Livestock Exchange.

  • MILK prices in the UK remain dismally low for most farmers, but with exports to China slowly but surely on the up, there is some hope for the industry, albeit long-term.

  • CONTRARY to auctioneers' expectations earlier in the month, prime lamb values have held up better than expected, with the live auctions of this week and last, actually improving on the week.

  • OVEN-READY poultry sold well at the recent round of pre-Christmas sales.

  • IT is virtually compulsory to partake in a wee drammie or three to bring in the New Year, and, add a few more the following day to celebrate the dawning of yet another - or, take the edge off the previous night's festivities - and it looks like the parties could go on for a lot longer now with the launch of a snack that claims to prevent hangovers.

  • Scottish club chairman, Roy McFarlane who owns the Lecropt flock from Bridge of Allan, has stepped up a gear, having been elected vice-president of the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders' Association at the its 2015 agm in Kendal.

  • Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), in conjunction with SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), is offering commercial beef farmers the opportunity to attend free workshops on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs). The three workshops - being held in Peterhead on January 12, Lanark on January 27 and Dumfries on January 28 - are being led by SAC Consulting's beef specialist team and will help producers gain a better understanding of EBVs and how to select bulls for specific purposes on the farm.

  • Scottish SPCA chief executive THE Scottish SPCA has been helping animals in Scotland for 175 years and working with farmers has been very much part of the history of Scotland's animal welfare charity. Today the Scottish SPCA continues to work very closely with cattle, sheep and pig farming communities to grow this very positive relationship.

  • ELIMINATING Bovine Viral Diarrhoea through the monitoring of the virus using ear tag tests is an achievable target for all UK producers, according to the director of the National Beef Association, John Hoskins. Currently one of the biggest economic drains to the UK cattle industry, BVD results in reduced fertility and higher levels of pneumonia and scour in calves, but Mr Hoskins firmly believes that the use of tag tests has made it easier to eradicate what is a very complex disease.