• EGG producers were left literally in shock after a surprise jump in egg values according to a recent market report issued by the Scottish Egg Producer Retailers Association (SEPRA).

  • SCOTLAND'S meat promotions body reports many market signals to kindle further confidence in the industry thanks to an increase in red meat consumption while maintaining a Scotch premium, as well as a surge in public awareness due to successful, and award-winning, marketing campaigns.

  • THERE is a degree of optimism on the horizon for Scottish lamb producers as both liveweight and deadweight prices have been on the rise over recent weeks.

  • PRIME cattle prices have remained stable over the past month but a stronger demand for beef in the coming weeks could help to bump up the trade.

  • AN open day focussing on beef cattle finishing held this week saw beef producers gather to discuss how things can be improved throughout the supply chain.

  • 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.