• BEEF FARMERS should concentrate on producing animals that meet the specification demanded by abattoirs and cattle from good terminal and female lines to bolster end prices, instead of squabbling about end prices.

  • RECORD AVERAGES were set at the spring sale of working sheepdogs at the Rhiwlas Estate, Bala, last week, which saw a large crowd of potential buyers and a 90% clearance.

  • SCOTTISH BUYERS were behind the top priced lot at last week's spring sale of working sheep dogs at Skipton Auction Mart.

  • A RECORD setting genomic sire has been added to Genus ABS' Holstein line up.

  • A NEW partnership between the ABP Food Group (ABP), one of the largest beef processors in Europe, and Genus, a leading animal genetics company, aims to develop more sustainable and higher quality beef in the market place.

  • LAWRIE AND Symington have recently announced Willie Paterson as the new senior market manager at Forfar.

  • FINISHED CATTLE prices are continuing to fall on a weekly basis, despite the fact breeding cattle and yearling store prices remain unchanged and in some instances are on the up.

  • FORGET HIGH input, high output systems on upland units, hill farmers can make more money by taking a step back and farming more traditionally.

  • SHEEP FARMERS can look forward to strong to improving prices for the UK's 2014 wool clip, according to the Irish company Texacloth.

  • IMPROVED PRICES are expected to drive beef and sheep profits in New Zealand by as much as 35% on last year's drought affected season.