CONTRARY to GB British Cattle Movement Service figures, which revealed the Limousin breed as the only beef breed to show an increase in registrations on the year, results in Scotland highlight a slightly different picture.
FOR the first time in many years, sales of lamb in GB are up, with figures from Kantar Worldpanel revealing increases in the volume sold over four reporting periods from mid-September through until the beginning of 2016.
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.