The first full week of trading in 2018 has seen farmgate prime hogg prices stabilise, standing 6% higher than last year, 2% higher in Euro terms. This left them trading 13% above their autumn low point. Prime sheep prices have also firmed across Europe, according to Quality Meat Scotland.
The need for commercial sheep farmers to make looking for signs for Maedi Visna (MV) in their flocks an absolute priority was a key message at this week’s meeting of the Borders Monitor Farm.
Vet Andrew Robinson from Hawick Vets, who was a speaker at the meeting, said his practice had seen a sharp increase in the incidence of MV in the borders over the last 12 months. He urged farmers to check whether their flocks are infected through a simple blood test.
Optimising farming systems has emerged as the stand out theme of the first year of the Monitor Farm Scotland programme.
Each and every one of the nine farms in the programme is working hard to ensure they have the right systems in place for their farm, and are then reviewing elements with their farmer business groups to ensure they are as efficient as possible.