• AS prime lamb values continued to slip this week, it comes as no surprise that the first breeding sheep sales of the season have also dropped - but on the back of an extremely strong trade last year.

  • A STRONG demand prevailed throughout at the dispersal of Wallace and Elizabeth Donnan's Alewater Aberdeen-Angus herd dispersal from Borthwickshiels, Hawick, where trade peaked at 4800gns for a cow and calf outfit.

  • A NEW type classification scheme designed to enable members to accelerate breed progress and offer an improved functional suckler cow to meet with market demands has been launched by the Beef Shorthorn Society.

  • THE Scottish public is being invited to join farmers, butchers and chefs around the country to celebrate all that is wonderful about Scotch Lamb PGI during 'Love Scotch Lamb Weekend' (September 5 and 6).

  • EVER declining milk prices below the cost of production, combined with the subsequent fall in dairy heifer prices, have led to increased cow slaughterings, which could ultimately hamper any rise in prime beef cattle values.

  • THE 9th annual young handlers prime lamb show and sale was held at Longtown recently, alongside the annual Longtown Young Farmers lamb show and sale.

  • It remains to be seen whether the 'No lamb week' initiative will have a long-term effect on future prime sheep sales, but those who ignored pleas to withhold lambs certainly reaped at the early sales this week.

  • Scottish farming businesses hit by delays in receiving their new Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) are being offered a fee free loan to bridge the gap thanks to RBS.

  • QUALITY Meat Scotland's 2014 'Love Scotch Lamb' public relations campaign has been announced as a finalist in a major industry award, just weeks ahead of the launch of the 2015 campaign.

  • SCOTTISH livestock breeder, Colin Wight, Carwood, Biggar, and Northern Ireland's David Connolly, have been appointed onto the council of management of the British Charolais Cattle Society, to stand alongside fellow breeder, Steven Nesbitt, who has been re-elected as chairman and president, Cyril Millar.