• AS prime lamb values continued to slip this week, it comes as no surprise that the first breeding sheep sales of the season have also dropped - but on the back of an extremely strong trade last year.

  • EVER declining milk prices below the cost of production, combined with the subsequent fall in dairy heifer prices, have led to increased cow slaughterings, which could ultimately hamper any rise in prime beef cattle values.

  • WHILE prime lamb values are falling fast, one supermarket chain has launched the UK's first major sheep feed conversion efficiency trial in an attempt to identify the most efficient maternal breeding lines.

  • PRIME lamb prices have been falling steadily since mid-June and, with values dropping on a daily basis, are the lowest witnessed since 2009.

  • WHILE lamb prices continue to fall to disasterously low levels with this week's early live centre average prices ranging from 145-150p per kg, there could be opportunities in the US for UK grass-fed lamb.

  • DESPITE claims of mass over production throughout many countries in the EU, the overall milk yield is expected to rise by a mere 1% this year.

  • GROWING confidence in the beef sector on the back of much improved prime values have not only bolstered demand for breeding females but also the store trade with several centres enjoying some of the their best ever sales.

  • NON-TRADITIONAL EU markets could prove key to developing UK sheep meat exports according to a report from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef and Lamb.

  • Prime beef, lamb and pig prices have been, and remain at disasterously low levels in comparison to previous years, but on the flip side of the coin, last year's worldwide record cereal yields combined with yet more bumper harvests predicted for this year, are keeping a lid on feed prices - for now.

  • MILK prices are unlikely to rise in the near future if the latest statistics from Agribusiness analysts at Rabobank, are to be believed.