• LAMB prices have been improving over the past month, with the SQQ in Scotland on Tuesday, sitting at 179.9p per live kg - up almost 5p on the week and almost 30p on the disasterous lows of 140p at the end of September - however, skin prices remain decidedly sticky.

  • SUBSTANTIALLY increased prices and improved weather in the second half of the year, helped to overturn the effects of a long, cold hard winter and spring and, says QMS, most cattle and sheep businesses improved margins in 2013.

  • 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.