A new livestock marketing group has been established for the benefit of farmers along the border counties of Scotland and England.
The group, known as Border Counties Primestock, under the umbrella of Farm Stock (Scotland) is believed to be the first new livestock cooperative to formed in over 20 years.
Farm Stock (Scotland) chairman, Ian Watson said the group formation is a ’positive step forward for us, and for the industry as a whole’.
He said: "We are delighted to announce the launch of Border Counties Primestock, which will become the sixth group shareholder in Farm Stock.
"It is a positive step forward for us, and for the industry as a whole – groups like this can be offer a huge benefit to farmers in the area in terms of livestock marketing and that can only be a good thing."
The area covered by the group will include East Dumfriesshire, Cumbria and Northumberland.
The co-op has a total of nine field staff to expertly select stock on-farm throughout its’ trading area, supported by the admin team in the office near Galashiels.
Guy Old, the Farm Stock Fieldsman for the new group said: “I am excited to be taking on this new challenge, and I look forward to working with the farmers and my fellow group members to make Border Counties Primestock a great success.”