• With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.

  • FEW BREEDS of sheep can boast the hardiness or the longevity of the hill or Lairg-type Cheviot which, coupled with the breed's shape, carcase and skin, ensures an ideal ewe for much of Scotland's hard, heather hill and upland ground.

  • AN INSTANT attraction as a teenager has led to a full blown love affair with the Beltex breed for an Ayrshire-based breeder who now sells a large number of pedigree and cross-bred rams and picks up a number of top titles in show rings across the country.

  • 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.