• THE sheep industry is getting behind plans for the NSA Highland Sheep event with more than 70 trade stands and 20 breed and breeder demonstrations booked to attend.

  • A NEW tracker contract from suppliers, Noble Foods but backed by Tesco with all of its packers, will insure egg producers against volatile movements in feed costs.

  • Prime beef prices are expected to rise as supplies tighten as the year progresses, but they could fall in the next 18-24 months with beef-sired calf registrations in Northern Ireland in the first three months of 2015, up 18% on the year to 68,200 - the second highest figure in six years.

  • Reformulating dairy rations in an effort to reduce feed costs and stave off the impact of lower milk prices can have a negative effect on feed efficiency and, ultimately, profitability.

  • A ROUND-UP of recent implement and machinery sales.

  • WITH an overall type merit (TM) of +3.64, De-Su BKM McCutchen leads both the latest UK and International indexes issued by Holstein UK.

  • DAIRYCO'S latest spring block-calving index, released in April, remains unchanged at the top as the Jersey sires Danish VJ Tester, Danish VJ Link and Danish DJ Holmer, retain their lead postitions.

  • TWO Canadian Enforcer sons have retained the top two places in the latest DairyCo young genomic sire index in April, based on Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • TEXEL breeders will soon be at the forefront of the UK sheep breeding industry thanks to the establishment of a network of Texel phenotyping farms and the collection of data for the development of novel estimated breeding values (EBV) and genomic indexes.

  • A NEW diagnostic blood test for sheep scab infestation has been developed at the Moredun, with work now being carried out by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).