THE continued easing of prime cattle prices this week is a source of concern to farmers keen to maintain cash flows, according to Stuart Ashworth, head of economics Services with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
FORMER Morrison's agricultural manager, Andrew Loftus, has been appointed an independent board member for the Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Limited (MLCSL), the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
WHILE prime sheep have been on a bit of a rollercoaster in recent weeks, reduced numbers coming forward have helped bolster trade, with the majority of early markets this week - both north and south of the Border - enjoying a welcome boost.
GRETNAHOUSE Juror, a 19-month-old Charolais bull from Alasdair Houston's herd at Gretna, has been sold privately for £10,000 to John and Jenny Rix, for their Wissington Charolais herd based at Nayland, Colchester.
EIGHT of the UK's best young butchers will showcase their skills and talent at Foodex next week when they go head to head in the Premier Young Butcher 2016 competition, supported by the Scotch Butchers Club.