• FOLLOWING the recent sharp drop in the lamb trade, prices are slowly but surely beginning to level off with some centres actually reporting an increase in averages during the last seven days of auction mart trading.

  • Finished beef and lamb prices may have dropped markedly during the year, but so too are feed and forage values following the early spring and summer months which should ultimately reduce input costs for hard-pressed livestock farmers.

  • AT LONG last, prime cattle prices appear to have at least stabilised following seven months of almost continuous decline, during which time prices have fallen anything from £200 to £400 per head.

  • STORE lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • FINISHED beef and lamb prices may have dropped markedly during the year, but so too are feed and forage values following the early spring and summer months which should ultimately reduce input costs for hard-pressed livestock farmers.

  • Higher milk prices have boosted margins in the latest results reported by Kingshay in its new Dairy Costings Focus, but the gap has widened between the best and worst herds in efficiency of milk production.

  • EU MEAT production looks set to recover in 2014 and 2015 following two years of tight supplies for beef and pig meat, according to the EU Commission's latest short-term outlook.

  • Lamb prices crashed this week due to reduced demand with the onset of the Muslim festival, Ramadan at the start of the month, and further strengthening of the pound.

  • Improved communication between retailers, processors and farmers relating to the types of meat in demand and the specification, is the key to alleviate the current crisis in the beef industry and ensure a sustainable and profitable British Beef industry.

  • FORESTRY in Scotland is an environmental and economic success story with the industry now displacing some £1bn worth of imports annually contributing to an estimated indirect £1.67bn to Scotland's economy.