• WHEN LOOKING back over springtime losses on the hill, a pattern can emerge.

  • While many young people aspire to farming on their own, eventually getting that lucky break and a farm tenancy, can seem like a dream come true but that initial step up the ladder is only the first of many hurdles.

  • Store lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • RECENTLY SCOTLAND'S Rural College alerted sheep farmers to an increasing threat from Maedi Visna (MV), an incurable viral disease of sheep.

  • THERE ISN'T always a set prescription as to why people decide to work with certain breeds of sheep.

  • Like it or not for the first three months after lambing sheep farmers are dairy farmers.

  • Forget modern so called easy-care sheep systems, when it comes to breeding and producing today's most productive and indeed most profitable ewe, there is nothing to beat the Blackface and her popular cross-bred female, the Scotch Mule.

  • WHEN THE new Common Agricultural Policy comes into effect next year it will bring with it a seismic shift in Scotland's rural support system.

  • Sheep farmers can boost lamb margins by as much as £7.50 per head by using a supplement proven to increase grazing utilisation.

  • Forget expensive feeds, albeit reduced wheat, barley and soya prices, pigs could be feeding on insects such as maggots and fly larvae by 2020, according to pig feed specialist, Mick Hazzledine.