• AVERAGE net profits from specialist pig farms for 2014/15 are set to slip by more than 20% - the largest proportional fall for any type of farm - according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

  • A DEAL worth up to (£11.1m) per year to supply the first beef from Europe, to the US since the lifting of the BSE-related ban, has been done between Ireland's ABP Food Group and the US.

  • FORGET expensive concentrate-type feeds...

  • ESTIMATED Breeding Values for calving ease direct in the Charolais breed increased by 1.0% since 2007 in a continual response from breeders to deliver high performance progeny which are easier to calve, according to the herdbook's annual Breedplan report published in January, 2015.

  • NORTHERN Irish meat giant Dunbia, already exports beef and lamb to around 20 international markets and employs more than 3000 people, but it now sees China as its priority target.

  • DESPITE a challenging trading environment, the farmer-owned business, Mole Valley Farmers, has reported a solid year of sales with the business showing continued growth and improved efficiencies.

  • ALL dairy farms, irrespective of yield have the potential to reduce costs by increasing milk from forage and in doing so help protect themselves from increasing milk price volatility.

  • More than 90% of livestock auctioneers expect overall trade to be better or similar to 2014, during 2015 according to a survey conducted by the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA).

  • DESPITE the recent collapse of the Euro, which at one point fell below 75p, the sheep trade has remained firm aided by some icy, cold weather reducing numbers coming forward.

  • A SCOTTISH herd was awarded the Morrisons Beef Shorthorn Suckler Herd of the Year title at the Stirling Bull Sales on Monday.