• SUBSTANTIALLY increased prices and improved weather in the second half of the year, helped to overturn the effects of a long, cold hard winter and spring and, says QMS, most cattle and sheep businesses improved margins in 2013.

  • AT its November machinery sale, John Swan saw one of the biggest and best quality entries of nearly 1000 lots of machinery and equipment attract a large crowd of local and distant buyers, creating a buoyant trade .

  • SCOTLAND'S meat promotions body reports many market signals to kindle further confidence in the industry thanks to an increase in red meat consumption while maintaining a Scotch premium, as well as a surge in public awareness due to successful, and award-winning, marketing campaigns.

  • THERE is a degree of optimism on the horizon for Scottish lamb producers as both liveweight and deadweight prices have been on the rise over recent weeks.

  • PRIME cattle prices have remained stable over the past month but a stronger demand for beef in the coming weeks could help to bump up the trade.

  • THE National Beef Association (NBA) has launched a campaign to educate beef farmers about the everyday health problems that face their herds.

  • NEW chairman of the Beltex Sheep Society is John Barclay, owner of the Beachy flock run at Mid Brockloch, Maybole.

  • AN open day focussing on beef cattle finishing held this week saw beef producers gather to discuss how things can be improved throughout the supply chain.

  • NEW company secretary of the British Blue Cattle Society is Andy Ryder, who takes over from the soon to retire John Fleming.

  • THERE'S A new chairman and president at the helm at the UK's largest breed society, Holstein UK and Ireland (HUKI).