• FAVOURED by many beef producers across the country as a maternal breed, the Simmental is the go-to female for suckler cow replacements.

  • MAKING ends meet in an era of not only reduced commodity prices but also ever declining financial support is no easy task, but by breeding home-bred replacements and improving overall herd health, you can at least significantly curtail input costs.

  • SWAPPING red and white Ayrshire cattle for red, white and roan Beef Shorthorn has brought a new and successful dynamic to David and Rosemary Dickie's livestock enterprise.

  • THERE can be no doubting the fact all farming sectors are struggling to produce year-end figures in the black, however, the very best of suckled calf producers - to include Morayshire hill farmer, Michael Robertson and his family - have probably fared better than most.

  • IF there's a sheep breed that has witnessed a surge in popularity in recent years it is undoubtedly the Zwartbles which can be seen dotted in fields up and down the country and now outnumbers many other sheep breeds at agricultural shows.

  • MOTHER nature has been far from considerate in recent months, with weeks upon weeks of torrential rain bursting streams into rivers and fields into paddling - even swimming - pools, however, there is still hope for sheep farmers, with the first of the scanning results actually up on the year.

  • Resilience is a trait that many have had to develop working in the world of agriculture - whether you're a farmer, or your business is one relating to agriculture.

  • The butcher sector is very important in terms of retail sales of Scotch Lamb PGI, Scotch Beef PGI and Specially Selected Pork.

  • Graduation took place at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow, on Friday, November 6, 2015

  • WHEN people think of the show season, it is often the summer show circuit that first comes to mind, but at this time of year, now that bull sales fever is coming to a close, it is the back-end and winter shows that are becoming peoples' immediate priorities.