• RECORD AVERAGES were set at the spring sale of working sheepdogs at the Rhiwlas Estate, Bala, last week, which saw a large crowd of potential buyers and a 90% clearance.

  • SCOTTISH BUYERS were behind the top priced lot at last week's spring sale of working sheep dogs at Skipton Auction Mart.

  • A RECORD setting genomic sire has been added to Genus ABS' Holstein line up.

  • A NEW partnership between the ABP Food Group (ABP), one of the largest beef processors in Europe, and Genus, a leading animal genetics company, aims to develop more sustainable and higher quality beef in the market place.

  • LAWRIE AND Symington have recently announced Willie Paterson as the new senior market manager at Forfar.

  • FINISHED CATTLE prices are continuing to fall on a weekly basis, despite the fact breeding cattle and yearling store prices remain unchanged and in some instances are on the up.

  • FORGET HIGH input, high output systems on upland units, hill farmers can make more money by taking a step back and farming more traditionally.

  • SHEEP FARMERS can look forward to strong to improving prices for the UK's 2014 wool clip, according to the Irish company Texacloth.

  • IMPROVED PRICES are expected to drive beef and sheep profits in New Zealand by as much as 35% on last year's drought affected season.

  • A NEW vice-chairman and two new executive directors have recently been appointed to the Aberdeen and Northern Marts Group's board.