LIVEWEIGHT LAMB prices have rebounded over the past two weeks, with several Scottish centres now some 20-30p per kg ahead of last year's trade, bolstered by a tightening of numbers during the same period.
THE CROWD went nutty for a fruit cake which sold for £300 at last week's Farmers' Charity Auction at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, where the NFU and five Cumbrian auction marts pulled together to raise in excess of £35,000, for local charities.
FORGET THE doom and gloom surrounding Scotland's beef industry due to the current CAP proposals, producers do have a bright and vibrant future ahead of them, albeit longterm - provided they review their overall farming policy and look to spread their fixed costs even more.
STRATEGIC FORWARD buying is advised for all spot protein feeds to ensure economical diets for livestock, according to a report from Countrywide Farmers, which claims limited supplies of shipments out of South America has meant continued high prices for hi-pro soya, in recent months.
THE SCOTCH label is a highly protected brand which commands valuable premiums for Scottish farmers but it has its work cut out attracting such dividends when its own dwindling supplies face increasing amounts of cheaper beef from south of the Border and Ireland.