• 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.

  • 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.

  • Average wool prices are 15p per kg up on the year, suggesting that guide prices issued earlier in the year by the British Wool Marketing Board, should be met and in some cases may could be exceeded.

  • Price of oil is the key to future values in a global marketplace

  • 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.

  • GB pig values have again fallen on the week, with latest GB DAPP (UK spec') price sitting at 155.21p per deadweight kg - the lowest this year - which is again down on the week, and a massive 10p per kg lower on the year and on the 164.5p seasonal peak seen at the beginning of June.