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Crofters and farmers are facing a race against time if they are to benefit from the current level of support on offer to develop renewable energy schemes.

The last couple of years have witnessed a major surge in small-scale wind and solar panel ventures on agricultural land, attendees heard at this week’s meeting at Westfield, near Thurso, the Caithness monitor farm.

Caithness livestock producers attending the latest monitor farm meeting were advised to get their skates on if they are serious about going ahead.

 

A new report is bringing sharply into focus the financial impact and practical problems being created in the red meat supply chain by overweight and over-fat cattle.

The project was funded by Quality Meat Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, as part of a Scotland Food & Drink Sustainability Pilot Programme. It was undertaken by MLCSL Consulting and reveals too many beef producers are missing the optimal time to sell their cattle to Scottish abattoirs and, as a result, hitting quality and meat chain margins and efficiency.

Huge billboards depicting Scottish beef, sheep and pig producers will be displayed by Quality Meat Scotland in Glasgow's George Square this weekend (May 28th and 29th).

The images of grassroots farmers will welcome shoppers in the bustling city centre to Scotland’s biggest free consumer food and drink event – “Enjoy the Taste of Scotland” - which is expected to see a footfall of around 20,000 people.

A London campaign to drive awareness of Scotch Beef which was developed by Quality Meat Scotland lifted two awards at last night’s Marketing Society Awards in Glasgow.

The campaign, which was part of a £600,000 Scotch Beef campaign targeting Scotland and London, included a very successful strategic move away from underground advertising in the capital city.

Instead over 400 roadside 48 sheet “Great Quality of Taste” posters featuring the latest Glen creative were located at key rush-hour hotspots.

 

Quality Meat Scotland is supporting a new cooperative network to help tackle zoonotic infections and disease which was launched today (May 18) in Edinburgh.

The network aims to bring together individuals and groups from academia, policy, government agencies, industry, veterinary and public health bodies to facilitate inter-disciplinary initiatives and innovative approaches to reduce the impact of zoonoses.

Quality Meat Scotland’s Scottish Sheep Strategy group has launched a new project to investigate how production efficiencies can be maximised on commercially operated farms using the Suffolk as a terminal sire.

The new project, officially launched today (May 17th) at the Morrisons Farm at Dumfries House Estate, is phase two of the successful Focus Farms project, aimed at gauging the effectiveness of using Estimated Breeding Values to improve the performance of commercial flocks.

The need for farmers to avoid gambling their business profitability on a good looking tup is the main message coming out of the first phase of the Scottish Sheep Strategy Focus Farm Project.

 Over four tupping seasons and nearly four thousand lambs born the project, led by Quality Meat Scotland, has consistently proven the value in investing in high quality performance recorded tups as opposed to just going by eye.

 

 

Quality Meat Scotland today (Friday May 13th) launched an in-store and on-line campaign to urge consumers to make the most of Specially Selected Pork during the BBQ season.

The campaign, which will run for a month, urges people to “Make Your Mark on the BBQ by serving up Specially Selected Pork.”

The campaign will see Specially Selected Pork brand ambassadors making their appearance in the aisles of major retailers throughout Scotland including Asda, Tesco and J Sainsbury.

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