• Scottish sheep farmers attended a live to dead event at Dunbia's plant in Preston, recently, as part of a project aimed at improving lamb supply chain efficiency.

  • SHEEPMEAT exports to France are important to the UK farming industry, but with the strength of sterling rising 10% alone in 2015 and 18% since March, 2014, fears are growing for the remainder of the year's trade - especially post-Easter.

  • Despite dairy commodities rallying somewhat in recent months, from their January lows, a report from Rabobank's food and agribusiness research and advisory department believes suppliers are far from out of the woods with the current price surge being difficult to justify.

  • A NEW beef supply arrangement looks set to deliver a higher value calf crop for dairy farmers, better efficiencies from the beef supply chain and improved long-term opportunities for British Beef.

  • DESPITE the rising value of sterling against the euro, demand from smaller markets helped drive a 6% growth in the volume of beef exports from the UK last year, with sheep shipments expected to be on a par with 2013, at the very least.

  • IN contrast to prime cattle prices which have slowly slipped south in recent weeks, store cattle values appear to be racing ahead, with many sales witnessing higher returns - virtually on a weekly basis, as finishers look to cash in on the abundance of cheap feed available.

  • SCOTCH Beef and Lamb will be on retail shelves throughout Sweden as a result of a new partnership involving Quality Meat Scotland on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry, and Swedish retail giant, ICA

  • BEEF and sheep farmers are consistently reminded of the need to improve levels of efficiency and production if they are to make money without the Single Farm Payment, and while the best are, the gap between the top third and the average is rising, while a large proportion fail to cover their costs without financial assistance.

  • AVERAGE net profits from specialist pig farms for 2014/15 are set to slip by more than 20% - the largest proportional fall for any type of farm - according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

  • A DEAL worth up to (£11.1m) per year to supply the first beef from Europe, to the US since the lifting of the BSE-related ban, has been done between Ireland's ABP Food Group and the US.