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Health planning, the marketing of Shetland hill lamb and opportunities for young people working in agriculture are just some of the topics to be discussed at the next meeting of the Shetland Monitor Farm on Saturday 17th March.


Applications are being sought for a new Chair of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and up to four members of the board. 

The appointments, made by Scottish Ministers, will each be for four years’ duration. The new Chair and one board member will take up their appointments on 1 September 2018 and the other new board members will take up their appointments on 1 April 2019.

Building on the success of last year’s Scotch Beef PGI campaign, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has this week launched its 2018 activity.

London, the Home Counties and the home of the brand, Scotland, will be the focus of the two-month campaign which aims to build awareness of and trust in Scotch Beef, reinforcing the message that it is the best beef money can buy.


Farmers should act now to take steps to futureproof their businesses and reduce risk, according to the speakers at a Brexit roadshow meeting in Stirling, organised jointly by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), AHDB and SRUC.

Douglas Bell, Director of Industry Development with QMS, said while there remain many more questions than answers on the full implications of Brexit, it is vital that farmers  take steps now to limit risks to their businesses and identify opportunities.

UK pig producers have seen farmgate prices for prime pigs remain fairly static since the turn of the year, with prices currently standing around 2.5% lower than this time last year.

According to Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services, Stuart Ashworth, one contributory factor playing on UK prices is a higher throughput of pigs. 


The importance of maximising soil health to boost grass production will be the focus of the next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm on Tuesday 13th March.

At the meeting, which will be held at Clynelish Farm near Brora, Mark Hodkinson, a leading soil specialist, will explain the properties that make up good soil. He will also outline ways in which livestock farmers can improve their own soil management and nutrition in order to maximise grass production and animal health. 


Selecting the right breeding replacements for your suckler herd and choosing the correct feed to maximise the growth rates of finishing cattle are two of the key subjects being discussed at the next Borders Monitor farm meeting on 7 March at the Auld Cross Keys Inn at Denholm. 


A group of Japanese meat buyers were invited by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to visit key sites in the Scottish red meat industry supply chain, to gain a better understanding of Scotch Beef PGI production and learn why it is recognised internationally as a top quality product.