• 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.

  • AT long last, pig prices are beginning to show some signs of improvement following a relentless decline lasting almost a year, with values expected to rise slowly but surely as the year progresses.

  • AS predicted, prime lamb prices have plummeted over the past week, due to Ramadan, with some auction markets witnessing values drop anything from 10-20p per live kg on the week.

  • AT LONG last, egg prices are on the rise and are likely to continue increasing as the continental market firms and more eggs are exported outwith the EU.

  • NEW season lamb prices have been creeping upwards over the past couple of weeks, but are unlikely to rise significantly and could drop again over the next three to four weeks with the start of Ramadan - the Muslim month of fasting.

  • Receiving the same price for old season lambs with their second teeth as those with their primary teeth could only be a matter of months away, going by the latest reports from industry chiefs.

  • THERE has always been pros and cons to contract farming, but it is one way new entrants can get a foothold in the industry, and established family farms can boost business incomes without having the huge expense of buying livestock or land.

  • WITH ex-farm values for beef cattle and lambs considerably lower than what they were this time last year, and indeed significantly less compared to those in 2013, while prices at retail level in general have crept up, it comes as no surprise that the price spread between producers and retailers has consistently widened.

  • NEWS and old season lamb prices have been up to £30 per head lower than year earlier values in recent months and while this is unlikely to change in the near future, there is light at the end of what currently seems a very long, dark tunnel.