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On the first Saturday of June, thousands of people will descend on Thainstone Mart to visit the Taste of Grampian event, in association with Specially Selected Pork, which celebrates the richness and diversity of food in the region.

A new initiative aimed at sharing the best Scottish fayre with food lovers across the world has been launched by two of Scotland’s largest food organisations.

Farmgate prices for Scottish pigs are the strongest they have been since mid-2014 and 38% higher than this time last year, according to the latest Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) analysis.

Livestock handling systems and the control of parasitic worms will be the main topics for discussion at the next meeting of the North Ayrshire Monitor farm on Wednesday 31st May. 

Farming in dry conditions will be a key theme for the coming Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting on Tuesday 30 May. Discussions on the day will range from barley varieties to grass mixtures and pelvic measuring of heifers.

The Lothians Monitor Farm’s next meeting on Thursday 25 May will drill into both farms’ financial figures with a focus on business performance and benchmarking. The group will also find out more about the arable and livestock enterprises of Prestonhall Farms and Saughland Farm.  

Farmers and crofters are invited to the next meeting at the Lochaber monitor farm on Tuesday 23 May, where the focus will be on grassland management for west coast farms. 

Scottish pig farmers have united in their commitment to animal health and welfare by signing up to the Scottish Pig Health Charter.