• IN contrast to prime cattle prices which have slowly slipped south in recent weeks, store cattle values appear to be racing ahead, with many sales witnessing higher returns - virtually on a weekly basis, as finishers look to cash in on the abundance of cheap feed available.

  • SCOTCH Beef and Lamb will be on retail shelves throughout Sweden as a result of a new partnership involving Quality Meat Scotland on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry, and Swedish retail giant, ICA

  • BEEF and sheep farmers are consistently reminded of the need to improve levels of efficiency and production if they are to make money without the Single Farm Payment, and while the best are, the gap between the top third and the average is rising, while a large proportion fail to cover their costs without financial assistance.

  • AVERAGE net profits from specialist pig farms for 2014/15 are set to slip by more than 20% - the largest proportional fall for any type of farm - according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

  • A DEAL worth up to (£11.1m) per year to supply the first beef from Europe, to the US since the lifting of the BSE-related ban, has been done between Ireland's ABP Food Group and the US.

  • FORGET expensive concentrate-type feeds...

  • More than 90% of livestock auctioneers expect overall trade to be better or similar to 2014, during 2015 according to a survey conducted by the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA).

  • DESPITE the recent collapse of the Euro, which at one point fell below 75p, the sheep trade has remained firm aided by some icy, cold weather reducing numbers coming forward.

  • HUGE investment to the tune of £100,000 has been committed by the British Simmental Cattle Society to improving the profitability and efficiency of all types of cattle enterprises - it will not be breed specific.

  • There may well still be snow on the ground, but farmers should buy their fertiliser now if they want to avoid delays in delivery, late applications and price rises this season.