• A TEAM of top chefs from Scotland, who will be competing against 30 countries in the 'Culinary Olympics' at the IKA show in Erfurt, Germany, in October, was unveiled on Wednesday in St Andrews.

  • FORGET increased applications of nitrogen fertiliser to up production levels in both arable and livestock units, farmers have to go back to basics and improve overall soil management if they are to improve future profit margins.

  • LAWRIE and Symington auctioneer, Willie McCulloch, has been re-elected president of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS), with Scott Donaldson, sales director of Harrison and Hetherington, Carlisle, taking on the position of vice-president.

  • THE UK's first national show and sale of Valais Blacknose sheep will be staged at Harrison and Hetherington's Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

  • A LOOK at the April poultry sale at Lanark and the rare and minority breeds sale at Thainstone.

  • A RECENT sale of machinery and implements at Messrs Bushby's Whangs Farm, Egremont, attracted 123 active buyers.

  • Changing farm policy to ensure a viable future in an era of reduced prices for all types of livestock coupled with ever declining financial support is a scary prospect, but it can be achieved and successfully at that in both the beef and the sheep sectors.

  • QUALITY Meat Scotland has produced a new consumer information leaflet, detailing what sets Scotch Beef PGI apart.

  • TWO Scottish dairy producers are at the helm of the Ayrshire cattle breed, with Gilmour Lawrie, Sandyford, Monkton, taking over the role of president for the forthcoming year.

  • THE importance of good communications between the different parts of the red meat industry has been emphasised by Uel Morton, chief executive of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).