• AN OVERSUPPLIED egg market not only in the UK but also Europe, combined with the threat of additional, cheaper eggs about to be imported from Ukraine, and the continued downward pressure on prices from supermarkets looks set to force many producers out of business.

  • DESPITE A declining national sheep flock, the number of store, breeding sheep, cull ewes and prime lambs sold through auction markets continues to rise.

  • NEWLY APPOINTED president of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraised in Scotland, Willie McCulloch, will take over from retiring president David Pritchard.

  • SCOTLAND'S MEAT promotional body, Quality Meat Scotland, is moving forward into 2014 with a refreshed and reinvigorated outlook following a period of challenge and change for the red meat industry.

  • MOST SCOTTISH farmers are only now in the throws of lambing, but while they desperately strive to keep mortality rates to a minimum, a growing number of ewes and lambs and indeed finished new season lambs are being sold on the open market at a level similar to or higher than last year.

  • A NEW round of testing to check for horsemeat contamination in beef products has been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

  • THE JERSEY breed saw the biggest re-shuffle in the latest bull proofs released from DairyCo, which included all the main dairy breeds bar Holstein sires.

  • APPROVAL HAS finally been given for a proposed new auction centre and rural business hub close to junction 18 of the M6, following submission of a proposal by auctioneers, estate agents and valuers, Frank Marshall LLP and Wright Manley LLP, in conjunction with Pochin Land and Development.

  • BPEX IS to expand the range of historical pig price reporting to include an all new GB Standard Pig Price (SPP).

  • ASDA AND ABP have recently announced the formation of a new group intended to create greater understading between Scottish beef farmers, processors and retailers.