• NEIL SHAND is to remain as secretary of the British Simmental Cattle Society.

  • A BUMPER lamb crop combined with much improved weather throughout the season are the main reasons behind lamb prices being some 10% lower than this time last year.

  • DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.

  • NATIONAL Milk Records has purchased 100% of the share capital of South Wales-based cattle breeding company Inimex Genetics Limited.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

  • A NEW British cattle breed society has been established with the incorporation of the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) which will see its formal launch in and around Tetbury, Gloucestershire, on November 11-12, 2014.

  • THE search is on for more Beef Shorthorn-sired cattle with a 30p per kg premium at stake to meet with demand from Morrisons for its Traditional Beef Scheme.

  • PIG price reporting has been changed, with producers now receiving a standard pig price (SPP) instead of the previous deadweight average pig price (DAPP).

  • PRIME beef cattle prices have slowly but surely been nudging upwards over the past three months with average Scottish deadweight values some 26p per kg more than they were in July, when steers dipped as low as 343p per kg.

  • NEW chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society, is Carmarthenshire-based breeder John Phillips, who takes over from Peter Kirton who had led for a three-year term of office.