• JACOB flock champions, Gordon Connor and Scott Dalrymple (pictured from left along with Mhairi Connor), who run the Dun-Mor flock at Linlithgow, have become the first in Scotland to export the breed to the Czech Republic.

  • LAMB prices have been improving over the past month, with the SQQ in Scotland on Tuesday, sitting at 179.9p per live kg - up almost 5p on the week and almost 30p on the disasterous lows of 140p at the end of September - however, skin prices remain decidedly sticky.

  • A NEW live online bidding auction system with its own smartphone app has been launched by Carlisle-based auctioneering company, H and H.

  • TWO Charollais shearling rams on display at the Eurotier trade fair, from Aberdeenshire breeders, Bruce and Gregor Ingram, proved a huge hit.

  • SUBSTANTIALLY increased prices and improved weather in the second half of the year, helped to overturn the effects of a long, cold hard winter and spring and, says QMS, most cattle and sheep businesses improved margins in 2013.

  • AT its November machinery sale, John Swan saw one of the biggest and best quality entries of nearly 1000 lots of machinery and equipment attract a large crowd of local and distant buyers, creating a buoyant trade .

  • SCOTLAND'S meat promotions body reports many market signals to kindle further confidence in the industry thanks to an increase in red meat consumption while maintaining a Scotch premium, as well as a surge in public awareness due to successful, and award-winning, marketing campaigns.

  • THERE is a degree of optimism on the horizon for Scottish lamb producers as both liveweight and deadweight prices have been on the rise over recent weeks.

  • PRIME cattle prices have remained stable over the past month but a stronger demand for beef in the coming weeks could help to bump up the trade.

  • THE National Beef Association (NBA) has launched a campaign to educate beef farmers about the everyday health problems that face their herds.