• 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.

  • NEW CHAIRMAN of the Galloway Cattle Society's Young Members Group is Andrew Hunter Blair, Nether Cleugh, Dalry, Castle Douglas.

  • DAIRY FARMS relying on the Genus ABS Reproductive Management Service (RMS) make more than £111 per cow than the average National Milk Record (NMR) herd, solely due to better fertility.

  • MILK PRICES may well be on the down slope, but Scotland's dairy sector is is the process of mass investment and the same holds true across the water Ireland, where huge amounts of capital is being spent to modernise and expand existing units, while some beef farmers are converting from suckler cows to dairy.

  • DAIRY PRODUCERS need to keep a careful watch on milk composition as cows go out to grass to avoid changes in milk composition and particularly a drop in butterfat levels.

  • MARKET REPORTS indicate that store cattle have come through the winter months in fine form and continue to sell strongly through centres the length and breadth of the country.

  • JOHNE'S IS a growing problem for many cattle herds up and down the county, but the Welsh Black cattle breed appears to have come up with a template to control levels of this dibilitating disease.