• A CANADIAN bull has topped the recent DairyCo daughter-proven Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) ranking after heading up the UK's first ever genomic ranking three years ago.

  • MORE cattle carcases are meeting the R4L or better target specification year-on-year according to Eblex's latest analysis of 2014 carcase classification data.

  • SHEEP numbers processed in abattoirs and sold through livestock auction marts have continued to rise steadily according to reports released by both the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the Livestock Auctioneers' Association (LAA).

  • A GREAT show of cattle met an excellent demand to reach a top of £1300 on five occassions at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' show and sale of Aberdeen-Angus and native breeds at Thainstone on April 7.

  • SELLING through John Swan, last week, were 773 lots of vehicles, machinery and sundry items at its spring sale.

  • Beef was the lead performer amongst last year's meat exports with sales up by 6% on 2013 figures, while other meat products remained similar.

  • Scottish poultry numbers have reached a 10-year low, following a major restructuring of the industry in Scotland.

  • SHEEPMEAT exports to France are important to the UK farming industry, but with the strength of sterling rising 10% alone in 2015 and 18% since March, 2014, fears are growing for the remainder of the year's trade - especially post-Easter.

  • HILL sheep farmers can look forward to a few more positive years under the new CAP reforms and the news that LFASS payments are likely to continue as they are until 2018.

  • CASTLE Douglas-based property investment company, Wallets Marts, has announced a number of changes to its board of directors.