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The Crail Food Festival Chefs’ Theatre is gearing up to celebrate the very best of “surf’n’turf” this weekend (June 9 & 10) with support from Quality May Scotland (QMS).

 

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork are set to take centre stage, along with delicious seafood, at the event.

With forecasters predicting the hottest June on record, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is helping high street butchers make the most of barbecue season with the launch of a new guide for their customers.

The new publication, ‘BBQ Ready – A Guide to Summer Eating’, is packed with tantalising recipes using the best Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork cuts. It has been issued to Scotch Butchers Club members across the UK and also highlights ideas for cooking outdoors this summer.

An award-winning Edinburgh butchers’ business delighted its customers last week by offering a pound of Scotch Beef mince at 1958 prices, four shillings (20 pence), as part of a series of celebrations this month to mark its 60th anniversary.

Chris Cameron from Strone Farm

The changes introduced at Strone Farm during its first year as the Lochaber Monitor Farm Monitor will be highlighted by host farmers Chris and Malcolm Cameron at an open day at Strone Farm near Banavie, Fort William on Wednesday 13 June.

An auctioneer is set to take on a local farmer and an award-winning chef in a culinary showdown at this weekend’s Taste of Grampian.

Aberdeen & Northern Marts auctioneer, Colin Slessor - star of the hit BBC series “The Mart” - has been brushing up on his cooking skills in preparation for two lively cook-offs tomorrow, Saturday 2nd at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

 

Ways to improve soil and crop health and to reduce compaction issues will be the focus of the next meeting of the North Ayrshire Monitor Farm on Friday 8 June.

At the meeting, which will be held at Girtridge Farm in Dundonald, Dr Bill Crooks, Soil Specialist from SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, will explain how soil health influences grass growth, describe the essential soil nutrients and highlight options for improving soil structure.

The importance of managing summer pastures and what factors influence profit during the summer months will be the focus of the next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm on Wednesday 6th June.

At the meeting, which will begin at Brora Golf Club at 10.30am, Trevor Cook, a vet and grassland consultant, will share his knowledge on how livestock farmers can best profit from pasture based systems. Mr Cook, who is from New Zealand, is one of the most respected consultants specialising in advising farmers on all aspects of production from grass based systems.

The potential to make better use of  pasture and barley variety trials will be among the areas under the spotlight of the next meeting of the Shetland Monitor Farm on Saturday 2nd June.

Shetland generally has longer winters and shorter summers than the rest of the UK, which can make it difficult for livestock farmers to grow enough grass or crops to feed their animals all year round. 

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