• CENTRE records were smashed for the second consecutive year at Bentham Auction Mart's annual sale of working sheep dogs, when a three-year-old bitch sold for 5400gns.

  • NEW season lamb prices have been creeping upwards over the past couple of weeks, but are unlikely to rise significantly and could drop again over the next three to four weeks with the start of Ramadan - the Muslim month of fasting.

  • A PERTHSHIRE farming couple have been congratulated by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) for their longstanding commitment to raising awareness of the importance of performance recording in Scotland.

  • A ROUND up of recent machinery and implement sales

  • THE Royal Highland Show, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, is a fantastic opportunity for our industry to showcase all the work, skills and dedication which go into the production of Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.

  • Receiving the same price for old season lambs with their second teeth as those with their primary teeth could only be a matter of months away, going by the latest reports from industry chiefs.

  • THERE has always been pros and cons to contract farming, but it is one way new entrants can get a foothold in the industry, and established family farms can boost business incomes without having the huge expense of buying livestock or land.

  • AN Aberdeen-Angus bull from John Elliot jnr's Elliot herd from Kelso, has been sold privately for £20,000 to Abington Farms, Great Abington, Cambridgeshire.

  • WITH ex-farm values for beef cattle and lambs considerably lower than what they were this time last year, and indeed significantly less compared to those in 2013, while prices at retail level in general have crept up, it comes as no surprise that the price spread between producers and retailers has consistently widened.

  • NEWS and old season lamb prices have been up to £30 per head lower than year earlier values in recent months and while this is unlikely to change in the near future, there is light at the end of what currently seems a very long, dark tunnel.