• 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.

  • DESPITE THE fact Scotland's national herd and calf registrations have dropped for the past three years in succession, beef prices are unlikely to rise until the back-end of the year.

  • A NEW breed of sheep from high up in the Swiss Alps looks set to take the pedigree industry by storm with the first importation of Valais Blacknose to Scotland.

  • DESPITE THE closure of Scotland's largest slaughterhouse at Broxden, last year, pig prices and profitability, are at long last heading in the right direction, with the majority of Scottish producers now looking forward to a positive future.

  • POULTRY IS set to become the world's favourite meat source, providing around 35% of all animal protein, being popular amongst both developed and developing countries, by providing a cheap and affordable protein source.

  • SHEEP FARMERS should consider weaning their lambs and moving them to a better feed, if they are gaining less than 200g per day when they're over eight weeks of age.

  • CHANGES ARE afoot in the world of dairy cattle breeding where DairyCo Breeding+ is soon to launch a revised Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI).

  • A COMPREHENSIVE surveillance scheme to help control bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD), in UK beef and dairy herds will be launched next month.

  • EXPORT VOLUMES of UK sheep meat to non-EU markets in the first quarter of 2014 have hit a new record high, with shipments to these markets increasing by 53% compared with the same period last year.

  • THE ROYAL Northern Agricultural Society's GrassTech event at Plewlands Farm, Duffus, Elgin, last week proved an outstanding event drawing an estimated attendance of 5000 farmers from Orkney to the Borders.