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.
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.
CARR'S, the Agriculture, Food and Engineering Group, has announced results for the six months ended February 27, 2016, which show revenue as being down 9.4% to £189.1m, and operating profit up 0.5% to £9.6m.
TRACTOR SALES have been suffering from some pretty dramatic falls in the past few months largely prompted by delays to Basic Farm Payments and low commodity prices, but Scotland bucked the recent trend with a small increase in trading.
IT is estimated that South America's beef exporters are set to increase exports by 11% during 2016, thanks to favourable currency values, improved access to importing countries and increased availability of beef.
THERE may be a glimmer of hope for farmers under pressure from low produce prices as the pound has weakened by nearly 14% against the euro during the last four months, making British exports to the Eurozone more competitive.
PRIME hogg prices have shown some strength in recent weeks, albeit due to a reduced supply to the market following the Easter surge, but the number of heavyweight, out-of-specification hoggs is at its highest level for several years, according to Quality Meat Scotland's head of economic services, Stuart Ashworth.