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The Mitchell family, who run the Borders Monitor Farm in Denholm, are turning their attention to how they can safeguard their flock from some of the main infectious diseases that can affect sheep productivity.

At the next monitor farm meeting on Wednesday 10 January, the family will look at some of the factors limiting flock performance on their farm. 

The team at an award-winning Inverness-shire butchers has welcomed a very important helper as they gear up to the busy festive period.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, visited butchers Duncan Fraser & Son where he met with owners William and Duncan Fraser and their employees, before lending a hand behind the butcher’s counter.  

Rotational grazing

The decision by a Fife family to introduce a rotational grazing system to their beef and sheep enterprise has boosted their farm’s grass production as well as reducing its fertiliser bill.

Jim Wilson and his son Matthew from Balhelvie Farm near Newburgh, recently hosted a visit by Quality Meat Scotland’s Better Grazing Group so that local farmers could learn more about establishing a rotational grazing system and see a demonstration on electric fencing.

The dedication and attention to detail shown by a Fife sheep farming family based near Cupar, led to their farm being selected as a finalist in the Agriscot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year 2017.

This prestigious annual competition is run by Agriscot and Quality Meat Scotland and sponsored by Thorntons.

The recent Scotch Lamb PGI marketing campaign undertaken by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has delivered strong results for the industry in Scotland.

Figures from Kantar Worldpanel (12 week data to 5 November 2017) show retail sales of Scottish-origin lamb in Scotland increased by 38.2% during the high impact “Wham Bam Lamb” campaign compared with the same period last year

The dedication of a Lanarkshire farming family to producing quality beef, resulted in their farm being selected as a finalist in the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award, run by Agriscot and Quality Meat Scotland and sponsored by Thorntons. 

A Perthshire farmer says his approach to managing his farm business has undergone a revolutionary change following his experiences as a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing Group host.

Alex Brewster, who farms Rotmell, near Dunkeld in partnership with his parents Alastair and Morag, told a recent meeting of Quality Meat Scotland’s Better Grazing project in Inverness that his aim is to double his production by increasing livestock numbers through better utilisation of grass.

Genetics, health and nutrition combined with the Robertson family’s enthusiasm and attention to detail have led to Titaboutie Farm near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire, being selected as a finalist for Agriscot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year.