Scotland’s livestock auctioneers have launched a campaign to win back business after losing around 20% of prime sheep trade to direct deals between abattoir buyers and farmers in the last year.
Virtual fencing technology has the potential to replace conventional or electric fences on Britain’s farmland, according to researchers at SRUC.
The start-up developers of an online agritech trading platform are cashing in on Valentine’s Day by launching what they say is the first ever “matchmaking app for farm animals”.
An intelligent ear tag which uses sensor technology could help dairy farmers make significant cost savings by shortening calving intervals and cutting veterinary bills.
A new TV advert urging shoppers to buy Scottish pork will launch tonight.
Echt farmer Leslie Shepherd has been crowned champion neep grower in the north of Scotland.
Scottish prime cattle prices have started 2019 4% down on this time last year.
The latest technology for efficient beef production will be on show at Scotland’s Beef Event.
Efforts to establish a herd of hardy pedigree Limousin cattle on a farm near Fort William are paying dividends.
The Scottish Dairy Hub will soon be run by NFU Scotland (NFUS).
A new-generation vaccine for foot and mouth disease (FMD) could transform the handling of any future outbreak and reduce the lockdown in the countryside by months.
North-east beef farmers Gary and Angela Christie have upped cow numbers in their suckler herd in readiness for their son Adam joining the business.
Demand for cattle has been better than expected in recent weeks despite a sharp increase in feed costs, according to the latest quarterly market summary from Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM).
Farmers have been urged to step up their vigilance for Bluetongue virus after the disease was found in three consignments of imported cattle from France.
Scottish breeders enjoyed success at the Christmas Stars sale of in-lamb pedigree Texels at Carlisle.
Scottish beef enterprise profitability improved last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland.
The benefits of animal health planning will be highlighted to farmers and crofters at a series of meetings next month.
A joint top price of 10,000gn was paid for two Aberdeenshire-bred rams at the dispersal sale of the Stockton flock of pedigree Suffolk sheep.
A case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire.
A new centre record was set in Orkney when a Texel shearling ram went under the hammer.
A series of “meat the market” workshops to help farmers boost profits by improving their livestock selection and presentation for slaughter is to take place over the winter.
Pedigree rams met a “realistic” trade at the annual show and sale of rams at Thainstone yesterday.
Governments, vets and breed societies have appealed to UK livestock farmers to be vigilant after two cattle imported from central France tested positive for bluetongue virus (BTV8).
A selective trade peaked at 2,800gn at the Scottish Texel Breeders’ Club show and sale at Lanark.
Overall averages were back just £15 compared with last year’s trade at the Beltex Scotland show and sale at Lanark, but for 40 fewer sold, with 199 selling to average £611.16.
Future livestock breeding should focus on animals’ ability to recycle nutrients back into the food chain, rather than on improving their lifetime productivity.
Advice on winter grazing strategies and preparing for the spring is the subject of a series of meetings later this month.
Angry farmers have claimed their livestock were “terrorised” by the industrial-strength fireworks set-off to celebrate the opening of the north-east’s offshore windfarm.
Scotland’s beef and dairy farmers could soon be feeding their cattle seaweed as part of efforts by scientists to develop more environmentally-sustainable livestock diets.
The livestock sector needs to be more open about intensive production systems if consumers are going to be more accepting of modern farming practices and the way meat is produced.
Beef and sheep farmers are being sought to take part in a UK-wide project to help farmers improve their grassland management.
Scottish breeders were out in force at the Northern Supreme Sale of Blue Texels in Carlisle.