Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has been personally challenged twice in recent days to do more to encourage an increase in beef cow numbers.
Scotland’s meat wholesalers say they will not tolerate any increase in the cost of policing their sector.
The environmental benefits provided by hill livestock farming have been highlighted in a short video featuring Highland Perthshire producer Martin Kennedy.
A national promotional drive has been launched to grow grassroots membership of the farmers’ union from its current standing of 8,500.
A Scottish agriculture student has won a top UK award for his rare breed pork business.