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European farm gate pig prices remain some seven per cent higher than they were a year ago, despite dipping in recent weeks. 

Alex Brewster

Farmers across Scotland are being urged to get involved in the new “Better Grazing” programme launched this week by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

The new grazing project, which is being offered free of charge, aims to help farmers identify opportunities to improve their utilisation of grazed grass and follows the very successful QMS Grazing Group project which came to an end in March this year.

Quality Meat Scotland’s 2016 Scotch Lamb PGI public relations campaign has been short-listed for two awards in the prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards 2017.

Olympic Gold Medalist Callum Skinner was this week reunited with cyclists at his old club, Edinburgh Racers, to share his love of cycling and encourage fellow Scots to “do more with pork”.

The next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm on Friday July 28th will focus on maximising lamb profitability and consider the outlook for the lamb trade and the need to meet market specification.

A close look at the opportunities to improve sheep enterprise profitability will be on the cards at the next meeting of the Nithsdale Monitor Farm at Clonhie on Thursday July 27th.

Lambs

Despite the seasonal increase in the number of lambs reaching the market, farm gate prices for prime lambs are remaining firm according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

While there has been some easing in prices as more lambs come onto the market, prime lambs are currently trading around 10% higher than last year.

Planning ahead will be the key theme at the coming Angus Monitor Farm meeting on Thursday 20 July held at Mill of Inverarity farm in Forfar. 

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