• LUING cattle may not be steeped in history like some of Scotland's hill breeds, but through continuous improvement and a thorough classification system, the breed has seen a rise in popularity - not only in Scotland but further afield, too.

  • THIS mild and wet winter can cause tremendous problems for free-range chickens and Barry Thorp, the Scottish specialist for the St David's Poultry Team, explains in this article how to maximise productivity.

  • STAYING competitive in the world of livestock is the main aim of most breeds, and for native breeds, but this isn't the easiest task when some so quickly favour their continental counterparts.

  • FEW breeds of cattle have as much history attached to them as Highland cattle do, and this February will see the 125th Highland Cattle Show and Sale held in Oban.

  • CHAROLAIS cattle are well-known for their weight gain attributes, but while they have the ability to produce the heaviest carcases, they can also be finished easily at the lighter end of the scale.

  • 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.