Latest News

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has this week launched a new video which highlights how to make the most of turnips as a low-cost winter feed crop and the importance of taking steps to keep sheep clean.

According to Kirsten Williams, SAC Beef and Sheep consultant with SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), farmers should be starting to plan their winter forage crops for 2018/19 in the coming weeks.

The message that livestock farming in Scotland’s hills and mountains can create productive larders for quality beef and lamb as well as delivering environmental benefits, was highlighted at an event near Fort William.


Potential routes to optimise the use and management of grazing land in order to improve profitability, will be discussed at the next Lochaber Monitor farm meeting on Thursday 15 March.

Monitor farmers Chris and Malcolm Cameron, from Strone Farm near Banavie, have recently secured a five-year tenancy of around 42 hectares of additional grazing with a small shed at Fassfern, Locheil, 11 miles away from the home farm.


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.