• NEW company secretary of the British Blue Cattle Society is Andy Ryder, who takes over from the soon to retire John Fleming.

  • THE new co-operative which has purchased the Brechin abattoir from AP Jess, has injected confidence into the jaded Scottish pig industry.

  • BEEF cattle finishers have enjoyed some improvement in prime trade in recent weeks, with values slowly by surely on a steady increase, but there has been a bit of a blip in the past 10 days, with several markets witnessing a drop in values.

  • UK economic growth at long last appears to be improving, but latest forecasts from the IMF suggest lower than expected improvements globally with growth estimates for both 2014 and 2015 revised down, which in turn are expected to affect consumer confidence and demand, with shoppers favouring cheaper meats and cuts.

  • A BUMPER lamb crop combined with much improved weather throughout the season are the main reasons behind lamb prices being some 10% lower than this time last year.

  • 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.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

  • 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.

  • AVERAGE nitrogen contents of GB barley are the lowest in more than 30 years and since records began in records began in 1977.

  • 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.