• THERE was a touch of positivity back in the lamb sector this week as hoggs were selling for nearly 10p more per liveweight kg compared to last week, allowing trade to hit back from the annual pre-Easter slump to rival prices seen at this time last year.

  • A LOOK at machinery and implement sales during March.

  • THERE is a new format to the Scottish Egg Producer Retailer Association as, following both an egm and agm, new office bearers and a committee have been put in place with the aim of providing support and market information not only to the producer retailers but to the wider Scottish egg industry.

  • THE Scottish pig industry is highlighting its on-going commitment to animal health and welfare by supporting the creation of a Scottish pig health charter.

  • MICHELIN-STARRED Tom Kitchin, one of Scotland's most revered chefs, is highlighting the commitment and attention to detail of the farmers producing Scotch Beef PGI.

  • ONE of Europe's largest egg producers, Scottish-based Glenrath Farms, has posted an increase in profits, despite a reduction in turnover of 3.5%.

  • A LOOK at recent sales of poultry and equipment through Longtown and Lanark.

  • LIVESTOCK theft, poaching, illegal slaughter, misdescription and diversion of animals and species substitution are the four main food crime threats facing the red meat supply chain.

  • MANAGING suckler cows according to their condition score can have a huge impact on herd output and profitability, according to Dr Basil Lowman, beef specialist with SAC Consulting, a division of SRUC (Scotland's Rural College).

  • BEEF producers were encouraged to produce lighter weight carcases hitting the correct specification at the recent ASDA/ABP annual producers' evening.