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The value of exports of beef and lamb from Scotland has increased to over £80 million in the past year, according to the results of the annual exporters’ survey conducted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Six colourful and eye-catching works of art created using straw bales have been selected as the finalists in a national competition being run by Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC).

Prime lamb prices have shown some firmness over the past week, rising by 7p/kg liveweight, after falling during the previous four weeks.

This took the average price back in line with prices during the same period in 2016, said Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.

The steps needed to maximise profit from pasture were highlighted to farmers and crofters attending the recent Sutherland Monitor Farm meeting.

Jason Ballantyne and his wife Vic, in partnership with Jason’s dad Murdo, run the 125-hectare Clynelish farm where they have adopted a strategy of almost 100% forage-based diets for their sheep and cattle enterprises.

A range of very illuminating results of some “test my vest” soil trials were shared at the recent Lochaber Monitor Farm meeting.

Back in June members of the Monitor Farm community group buried their cotton vests in order to investigate soil quality on farms in the area

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new initiative which aims to find the “Ultimate Scotch Lamb Butcher of the Year”.  

The new competition was introduced to recognise butchers with skills and a real passion for their jobs, who not only take pride in stocking Scotch Lamb PGI and showcasing numerous innovative products using Scotch Lamb.

The Scottish red meat industry will be showcasing Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork in Cologne, Germany next month at Anuga, the world's largest food trade fair (October 7-11).

With the tupping season fast approaching the next meeting of the Shetland Monitor Farm on Sunday 8th October will focus on ways to make sure that ewes and tups are in peak condition to maximise fertility levels.