KEEPING up with tradition but still trying to move with the times is a challenge faced by auction marts the length and breath of Scotland, and for one as historic and well established as Wallets Marts, in Castle Douglas, it's a challenge they contend with and some.
THIS YEAR may be the year of the goat in China, and Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, but for many Scottish livestock farmers, it is the 'Year of the Bull Sales', with UA celebrating its 150th anniversary selling pedigree bulls.
SPECIALIST dairy breeds show stability this month, reflecting the significantly smaller population sizes and slower genetic turnover compared to their Holstein counterparts, according to the latest Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) rankings from DairyCo.
THE body which administers the sale terms for most pedigree beef cattle, the National Beef Association, has completed a revision of its terms and conditions of sale which make them more robust and workable for purchasers and vendors.
TEXEL breeders will soon be at the forefront of the UK sheep breeding industry thanks to the establishment of a network of Texel phenotyping farms and the collection of data for the development of novel estimated breeding values (EBV) and genomic indexes.
IT'S BEEN around a long time, but remains a real threat to sheep flock profitability - it's the threat posed by the gut worm, nematodirus battus, according to *NADIS' latest livestock health bulletin for Scotland.