• ONE of the most influential sires in the Genus ABS dairy catalogue, Pictson Shottle, has been retired from the active bull line-up following a 15-year career.

  • AS NEW rules regarding sheep identification come in to play on January 1, 2015, the National Sheep Association has urged sheep keepers in all parts of the UK to be aware of the changes.

  • A ROUND up of pre-Christmas poultry sales.

  • A NEW farm and farm related insurance service has recently been announced by the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart for the many clients who support C and D's two auction marts at Longtown and Dumfries.

  • THE recent annual ANM Group's directors' lunch marked the retirement of David Brown, who had served as a board member for 17 years and vice chairman for 10.

  • FARMERS, butchers and processors throughout Scotland are celebrating the news that Scotch Beef PGI has recently been revealed as the nation's favourite Scottish food.

  • THE genomic young sire list is where considerable excitement lies when it comes to Holstein genetics and the December index run, published by DairyCo, demonstrates the fast pace of change.

  • WITH the Christmas shows and sales all but over and meat buyers now looking to the January market, deadweight cattle prices have slipped since their recent peak almost a month ago, and values in the next few weeks are unlikely to improve.

  • OIL prices may well be at their lowest level since July, 2010, but fertiliser values - although stable - are creeping up, with the majority of compounds some £10 to £25 up on 2013 values and expected to rise further at the turn of the year.

  • NEW research into the genetics of ewe longevity could benefit the UK sheep industry by as much as £4.35m through reducing culling rates and having a more productive national flock.