• STORE lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • The Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award is now approaching entry deadline, July 24, and farmers and those in rural industry are being encouraged to enter or nominate beef producers who are showcasing and developing best practice.

  • FINISHED beef and lamb prices may have dropped markedly during the year, but so too are feed and forage values following the early spring and summer months which should ultimately reduce input costs for hard-pressed livestock farmers.

  • The FIRST meeting of a series of new Grazing Groups, set up by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) took place in Aberdeenshire this week at Ahren and Louise Urquhart's Maryfield Farm on the banks of the Dee at Aboyne.

  • Improved communication between retailers, processors and farmers relating to the types of meat in demand and the specification, is the key to alleviate the current crisis in the beef industry and ensure a sustainable and profitable British Beef industry.

  • A MAJOR new feed mill in Ayrshire is set to add competition to the feed market in the area and further across Scotland when it is up and running later this year.

  • FORESTRY in Scotland is an environmental and economic success story with the industry now displacing some £1bn worth of imports annually contributing to an estimated indirect £1.67bn to Scotland's economy.

  • A MILD winter, early spring and what appears to be a good summer - so far - have not only put a smile on many farmers' faces but also eased the pressure on feed bills and with cereal crops looking well both in this country and throughout the world, livestock producers can look forward to reduced feed prices in the coming year.

  • FINISHED BEEF prices throughout the UK and Ireland may well be on a continual downward scale, but the opposite holds true on the other side of the Atlantic where a shortage of supplies and strong domestic and export demand in America, is resulting in record prices.

  • A MORE favourable spring followed by a warm start to the summer has boosted grass growth and enabled increased numbers of lambs to be sold at Scotland's livestock markets in recent weeks.