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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.

Farmers attending the next Lothians Monitor Farm meeting on Thursday 5 October will discover how the two farms’ collaboration on land and labour is working out, as well as reviewing the arable harvest and livestock performance.

The group will visit one of the main areas of partnership between the farms; the stubble turnip cover crops established at Prestonhall, which will then be used to feed some of Saughland’s lambs next year. There will also be feedback on the labour sharing at harvest plus the group will see Prestonhall’s new biomass boiler.

As tupping time approaches, the health and nutrition of ewes and tups will be under discussion at the next Nithsdale Monitor Farm meeting at Clonhie, near Penpont on Thursday 5th October.

At the meeting, which is free to attend and starts at 11am, host farmer Andrew Marchant will give an update on the farm’s activities since the last meeting and share his plans for his flock for the breeding season ahead.

Andrea McLean and Graham Lofthouse

TV presenter Andrea McLean was set loose on a top Scottish sheep farm this week to learn more about Scotch Lamb PGI production and lend her support to a major campaign to encourage more Scots to eat lamb.

Prime cattle prices have remained stable and firm over the past month and continue to be around three to four percent higher than last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

The artistic and creative talent of members of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) is set to spring up in fields around the country in the form of “bale art” in the coming weeks.

Five Scottish butcher’s shops have been revealed as finalists in the Meat Trades Journal (MTJ) Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017 awards.

This continues a trend highlighting the innovation and skills of Scottish butchers and members of the Scotch Butchers Club, run by Quality Meat Scotland, who have featured in the awards over the past few years.