• STRONG EXPORT demand and the on-going tight supply situation has bolstered old season lamb prices to their highest level since July 2013, with the GB SQQ for the week ending some 6p higher on the previous seven days and more than 11p higher year on year at 197.0p per kg.

  • A DELEGATION from Eblex, together with four meat exporters from England, will be supporting UK Trade and Investment's GREAT Week in Hong Kong and Macau this month.

  • CULL COW prices have improved for the second week on the trot, with figures for the end of February showing average prices in Scotland have risen more than 6p per deadweight kg on the week, to level at 238.3p, while the GB average rose to 225.5p - its highest of the year.

  • RED MEAT processor Dunbia has expanded its business into Scotland, with the purchase of Lynch Quality Meats in Ayr.

  • DEMAND FOR Beef Shorthorn cattle has soared, with registrations up 67% in the last five years to give a rolling 12-month average of 3654, while membership has risen 29% during the same period to 723.

  • THE FIRST ever agm of the Scottish Club of Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders, took place in Edinburgh, and attracted a large number of members.

  • AVERAGE FARM business incomes for specialist pig farms are set to almost double on the year, from £41,000 to nearer £78,000 for the year 2013/14, due to higher finished pig prices and improved productivity and rising weaner prices.

  • SHEEP MEAT exports from the UK broke the 100,000-tonne barrier last year for the first time since 1999, according to Eblex.

  • PRIME CATTLE prices have been in freefall since the end of November but there is little sign of the store trade being affected, with yearlings and forward stores still selling in excess of this time last year.

  • A NEW initiative has been set up by the Eblex Better Returns Programme for beef and sheep producers who want to get more out of their grassland.