• Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is hosting a free 'Rising to the challenges' conference for sheep and beef farmers at Airth Castle Hotel near Falkirk on May 17.

  • PRIME hogg prices have shown some strength in recent weeks, albeit due to a reduced supply to the market following the Easter surge, but the number of heavyweight, out-of-specification hoggs is at its highest level for several years, according to Quality Meat Scotland's head of economic services, Stuart Ashworth.

  • WITH the spring store cattle season well underway, auctioneers are optimistic that prices will remain stable for the coming weeks, as long as cattle forward are at an ideal weight for finishers to take on.

  • WITH an increase in calf registrations and membership numbers during the last 12 months, the Beef Shorthorn Society reported another record uptake at the recent agm.

  • THE National Sheep Association is forging ahead with plans for NSA Sheep 2016, working to a theme of 'Adding value to the sheep industry' - and this year NSA members get even more value, as it's free for them to attend.

  • FARMER-OWNED co-operative, ANM Group, has reported a trading profit of £354,000 for the year ending December 31, 2015, in addition to a discretionary members' trading bonus for a second year.

  • THE need for responsibly-sourced raw materials and alternative proteins has stepped up a gear over the past couple of years and is now likely to start shaping producer's future purchasing decisions.

  • THERE was a strong turnout from local farmers at the latest Quality Meat Scotland Borders Grazing Group meeting.

  • THERE is potential to increase the usage of facilities at both St Boswells and Wooler marts since Harrison and Hetherington amalgamated with John Swan and Sons six months ago.

  • A NEW three-year grass breeding project hopes to identify ways of achieving greater profitability and reduced environmental impact from livestock farming.