Following the volatility of recent years, 2017 has seen prime pig prices return to a more normal seasonal pattern, according to Iain Macdonald, Senior Economics Analyst with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
The organisers of two high profile awards for livestock farmers in Scotland, are urging farmers and others involved in the industry to nominate farms they feel are worthy of receiving the accolades this year.
The AgriScot Scotch Beef Farm of the Year and AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year awards, sponsored by Thorntons Solicitors and supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), set out to find, and reward, Scottish farms which exemplify the best in beef cattle and sheep production
Farmers and crofters are invited to the next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm, which will focus on ways Scottish livestock farmers can improve the utilisation of grass on their farms to maximise output and keep costs down.
The latest Shetland Monitor Farm meeting saw another large turnout of over 40 attendees, with guest speakers John Scott from Fearn Farm and Ian Eadie from Germinal Seeds making the trip north to share their bespoke practices, knowledge and experience.
Host farmers Kirsty and Aimee Budge from Bigton Farm started the meeting, which was held at Bigton Hall, by updating those present with the farm activities over late Spring and Summer.
As the volume of prime lambs reaching the market continues to build towards its seasonal high, farm gate prices have followed the usual price pattern and dipped sharply. Nevertheless, prices remain at a very similar level to this time last year.