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An innovative initiative involving a Perthshire butchers business and a local school has been recognised with a top award in a national competition.

David Comrie and Son butchers of Comrie scooped a gold in the Scottish Craft Butchers awards for their Scotch Lamb and Mint Burger which was designed by pupils in Primary 4 at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff.

A host of leading Scottish food and farming organisations have collectively written to City of Edinburgh Council to highlight grave concern about its apparent lack of awareness of the positive credentials of Scottish red meat production.

The organisations have also asked the Council to reconsider the rationale behind its move, announced this week, to introduce Meat Free Mondays to council-run primary schools.

Opportunities to export beef and pork to the Philippines are being explored this week as part of a two-day British Meat Trade Mission.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) are leading the visit in Manila, alongside eight processors from the UK who will meet with key importers and distributors.

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI are set to be high profile at a major international tradeshow, Food and Hotel Asia (FHA), being held in Singapore next week.

Food and Hotel Asia runs over three days from April 24 - 27 and attracts over 40,000 trade delegates from around the world looking to supply hotels, restaurants and other food outlets.

Scotland’s national chef, Gary Maclean, is looking forward to attending Taste of Grampian for the very first time this summer.

Mr Maclean, who was crowned the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016, will be joining the throngs at the festival, which celebrates the best of north-east produce and is sponsored by Specially Selected Pork.

The event, which last year attracted a record 16,000 visitors, takes place at the Thainstone Centre, near Inverurie, on June 2nd 2018.

 

The importance to Scotland’s red meat industry of trade agreements being successfully negotiated as part of the Brexit process, is being highlighted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Failure to build strong trading relationships could, according to Iain Macdonald, QMS Economics Analyst, result in significant trade volatility with agricultural products also facing knock-on effects from measures aimed at unrelated industries.

Four million Londoners are currently being targeted with eye-catching Scotch Beef billboard advertising as part of a high-impact campaign being run by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), with a focus on London and the Home Counties.

 

 

A commitment to making use of new technology and improving efficiency is a key part of the business philosophy of twenty-five-year-old Lynn Argo, who is making her mark on the pig industry.

Miss Argo, who is based at Harvieston Farm, Catterline, Stonehaven, has a BSc Honours in Agriculture from SRUC Craibstone. She has been working full time in the family business since she graduated in 2014 and, along with her father, David, is determined to drive the business forward.

 

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