• PIG prices normally pick up from this time of year onwards, but they have a long way to go if they are to match those of May 2014, when values were some 32p per kg more than they are at present.

  • WHILE they remain pretty cheap sources of protein, pork and poultry sales are in decline, with the values and volumes sold in the 12 weeks up to April 26 falling on the same period in 2014.

  • SHEEP farmers selling their wool through the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) can look forward to similar prices to that of the 2014 season, with slight increases within specific types and breeds - all going well, they could improve on those figures announced in this week's 2015 guide to wool clip values.

  • REDUCED numbers and fewer heavy types have bolstered the prime lamb trade, with auction marts both north and south of the Border witnessing price rises of anything up to 5p per live kg for old season lambs.

  • PRIME beef cattle prices remain worryingly low, and are continuing to fall, but it's not all doom and gloom - young store cattle appear to be holding their value and finished beef prices are expected to pick up by the end of May, according to those in the know.

  • WHILE UK beef supplies are expected to fall as the year progresses, latest forecasts point to a change in the global beef and veal sector, with exports from the United States expected to rise 3% while global beef production is predicted to fall 1%.

  • MILK production in the top 14 producing countries in Europe is expected to increase by between 6.8 and 23.2bn litres per year by 2020.

  • Hopes of another year of decent sheep prices for the 2015 lamb crop appear to have been blown out of the water, with the hogg trade having crashed over the past two weeks due to an excessive number of out of spec' sheep coming forward.

  • MORE cattle carcases are meeting the R4L or better target specification year-on-year according to Eblex's latest analysis of 2014 carcase classification data.

  • SHEEP numbers processed in abattoirs and sold through livestock auction marts have continued to rise steadily according to reports released by both the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and the Livestock Auctioneers' Association (LAA).