DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.
PRIME beef cattle prices have slowly but surely been nudging upwards over the past three months with average Scottish deadweight values some 26p per kg more than they were in July, when steers dipped as low as 343p per kg.
PRIME lamb prices have at long last started to move north in anticipation of the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha after weeks of continual decline which saw values as low as 135p per live kg at some centres.
An investment of more than £1m by the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS), will have the potential to deliver an estimated £50m per annum into the pockets of commercial producers using its genetics.
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.