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.
Livestock farmers have been urged to create a winter fodder plan.
Trade rose by more than £700 on the year (but for 89 fewer sold) at the Scottish National Show and Sale of Texel rams at Lanark, where prices peaked at 125,000gn.
Advice on how to manage limited straw stocks is being made available to farmers and crofters by AHDB.
Farmers and crofters have been advised to take steps to protect their sheep from ticks.
Farm leaders gathered in Edinburgh for an emergency meeting over the looming shortage of feed and fodder for livestock this autumn and winter.
The livelihood of Moray’s farmers is being badly affected by the recent dry weather in the region.
A leading livestock auctioneer has spoken out against the use of rye in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.
Payments to help farmers and crofters offset the cost of fallen stock retrieval have begun.
Beef and sheep producers have been told to plan ahead for winter forage and straw supplies to avoid any nasty surprises.
Sales of breeding stock have been boosted by the good weather and quick grass growth, according to Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM).
Failure to address the ongoing decline in Scottish livestock numbers may result in smaller entries of animals at the Royal Highland Show in future years.
A pair of well-known faces on the agricultural show circuit is preparing to take a team of 10 commercial cattle to the Royal Highland Show next week.
Livestock leaders of the UK’s farming unions are adamant that the UK Government must adopt a post-Brexit trade policy which prioritises tariff-free, frictionless access to European markets.
Scottish beef producers will receive their share of Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (SSBSS) payments worth £38 million in the next few weeks.
Payments via the Scottish Government’s £250,000 fund to help offset the cost of fallen stock retrieval will be made in July.
The cost of dog attacks on Scottish livestock has quadrupled in the last two years to more than £50,000, NFU Scotland (NFUS) has revealed.
A major four-month campaign to crack down on sheep worrying has been launched ahead of the Scottish outdoor lambing season.