• Changing farm policy to ensure a viable future in an era of reduced prices for all types of livestock coupled with ever declining financial support is a scary prospect, but it can be achieved and successfully at that in both the beef and the sheep sectors.

  • REDUCED demand for all types of wool but in particular, carpet style, coupled with unfavourable exchange rates, will affect prices paid to sheep producers this year.

  • A LOOK at store and special sales to the week ending May 10, 2014.

  • DESPITE disastrously low beef prices some 30p per deadweight kg below the 350p per dwkg five-year average in recent weeks, the tide appears to have turned, with abattoirs reporting price rises of up to 5p per dwkg this week and a similar amount next.

  • CONTINUED low milk prices worldwide - often well below the cost of production - are at long last beginning to effect cow numbers across the key dairy exporting nations, which could eventually over-ride the crisis in the dairy industry.

  • SUSTAINED interest in organics - partially driven by an increase in young and socially conscious consumers with strong social, ethical and environmental values - helped boost growth in the Scottish organic sector by 2.6%.

  • FARMERS preparing to submit their claim for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) are being urged to consider how they could reduce their exposure to exchange rate losses when converting funds from euros to sterling.

  • IN terms of marketing, QMS' priority, in terms of this year's budget spend, remains the same - marketing the Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork brands.

  • FOR the first time in many years, sales of lamb in GB are up, with figures from Kantar Worldpanel revealing increases in the volume sold over four reporting periods from mid-September through until the beginning of 2016.

  • WHILE prime sheep have been on a bit of a rollercoaster in recent weeks, reduced numbers coming forward have helped bolster trade, with the majority of early markets this week - both north and south of the Border - enjoying a welcome boost.