• IT may be sunny and warm for September, but prime lamb prices are in virtual free fall with most of the auction marts over the past week witnessing values fall in excess of 10p per live kg on the previous seven days.

  • DESPITE the recent drop in farm-gate milk prices, it is still well worth pushing for the extra litres this winter, with one of the best milk price to feed cost ratios now possible.

  • GB pig values have again fallen on the week, with latest GB DAPP (UK spec') price sitting at 155.21p per deadweight kg - the lowest this year - which is again down on the week, and a massive 10p per kg lower on the year and on the 164.5p seasonal peak seen at the beginning of June.

  • ONE of the UK's leading turkey farm businesses, Usk Vale, South Wales, has ventured into pedigree Texels, with the private purchase of Alastair Gault's Balmoral Show champion, Forkins Una, from the Forkins flock, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

  • FEWER cattle and increased demand has bolstered the prime beef trade in recent weeks, with GB average deadweight prices in almost all categories rising on the week - for the second consecutive week - to 328.8p per kg deadweight, up 2p.

  • A NEW leader, along with an increased number of proven Holstein sire rankings dominated by bulls which transmit improvement to their daughters' health and fertility have emerged in the first proof run based on the revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • AT long, long last, prime beef cattle prices appear to be heading in the right direction with the most recent GB all prime average price increasing by more than a penny to 326.7p per dwkg - the first week this year, it has risen by more than a fraction.

  • INCREASED supplies coupled with subdued demand during this warm summer spell, have resulted in pig prices falling to their lowest point since April 2013, with the UK-spec DAPP falling for the fourth consecutive week to 158.02p per kg.

  • BRITISH farmers are estimated to have spent if the order of £1.9bn on farm equipment in 2013 with a similar level of expenditure expected in 2014, according to a report from the Agricultural Engineers Association, which states tractors - generally the best indicator of activity - showed an increase of 4% on the year during the first six months of the year.

  • With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.