• SCOTCH Beef and Lamb will be on retail shelves throughout Sweden as a result of a new partnership involving Quality Meat Scotland on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry, and Swedish retail giant, ICA

  • BEEF and sheep farmers are consistently reminded of the need to improve levels of efficiency and production if they are to make money without the Single Farm Payment, and while the best are, the gap between the top third and the average is rising, while a large proportion fail to cover their costs without financial assistance.

  • AVERAGE net profits from specialist pig farms for 2014/15 are set to slip by more than 20% - the largest proportional fall for any type of farm - according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

  • A DEAL worth up to (£11.1m) per year to supply the first beef from Europe, to the US since the lifting of the BSE-related ban, has been done between Ireland's ABP Food Group and the US.

  • FORGET expensive concentrate-type feeds...

  • ESTIMATED Breeding Values for calving ease direct in the Charolais breed increased by 1.0% since 2007 in a continual response from breeders to deliver high performance progeny which are easier to calve, according to the herdbook's annual Breedplan report published in January, 2015.

  • NORTHERN Irish meat giant Dunbia, already exports beef and lamb to around 20 international markets and employs more than 3000 people, but it now sees China as its priority target.

  • DESPITE a challenging trading environment, the farmer-owned business, Mole Valley Farmers, has reported a solid year of sales with the business showing continued growth and improved efficiencies.

  • ALL dairy farms, irrespective of yield have the potential to reduce costs by increasing milk from forage and in doing so help protect themselves from increasing milk price volatility.

  • More than 90% of livestock auctioneers expect overall trade to be better or similar to 2014, during 2015 according to a survey conducted by the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA).