• IN the business we call farming, identifying your target market can be difficult enough but it's producing the ideal stock to suit that market that often proves to be the really tricky part.

  • PRESERVING forage to provide winter feedstocks is critical for all livestock farmers and ensuring a high quality of preservation through growing, harvesting, ensiling and storage is important to maintain maximum nutrient quality and palatability but also to prevent effects on animal health, animal production and also human health through the food chain.

  • IT has been an ambition of mine since school days (more than 40 years ago) to go to the Mid-west of the United States to see first-hand how farming is done there and the opportunity came last year when I received an award from Banffshire NFU to study beef production in the USA.

  • RUNNING a profitable sheep enterprise on one of Scotland's most northerly farms on the mainland is no easy feat, but with a trusty flock of North Country Cheviots and some strict management policies, Joyce Campbell is certainly up to the task.

  • THERE can be no doubting the huge financial pressure the vast majority of dairy farmers are under with milk prices in free-fall and well below the cost of production, yet despite the fact many have had to sell up, a percentage remain eager to jump back into milking cows.

  • IT takes a bit of gumption to continue milking in the current economic dairy climate, but the Hastie family remain positive about the future and that their herd of Jerseys at Alderston Mains, near Haddington, is ready to reap any future rewards.

  • POULTRY farming has always been a specialised sector but, it is proving to be a lot more financially viable than many traditional forms of agriculture.

  • Producing highly palatable, nutritious forages is never an easy task in Scotland's fickle climate, but hit a dry, sunny weather window at harvest - albeit more of a lucky break some years - and livestock and back pockets undoubtedly reap the rewards.

  • 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.