CULL COW prices have improved for the second week on the trot, with figures for the end of February showing average prices in Scotland have risen more than 6p per deadweight kg on the week, to level at 238.3p, while the GB average rose to 225.5p - its highest of the year.
AVERAGE FARM business incomes for specialist pig farms are set to almost double on the year, from £41,000 to nearer £78,000 for the year 2013/14, due to higher finished pig prices and improved productivity and rising weaner prices.
PRIME CATTLE prices have been in freefall since the end of November but there is little sign of the store trade being affected, with yearlings and forward stores still selling in excess of this time last year.
SUPPLY OF beef and veal in the UK is expected to be modestly up on last year's position, although indications for the longer term suggest a fundamentally tight supply situation will be maintained, according to AHDB market intelligence/Elex latest forecasts.
SCOTLAND'S BEEF farmers have a long way to go if they are to survive a future blighted by much reduced Single Farm Payments and the same appears true for the industry's sheep men, many of whom will not only have to get to grips with working out farm costings but also increasing levels of production.