A spokesman for Quality Meat Scotland reiterated the advice of the Food Standards Agency that there is no reason for consumer concern about the food safety of products from cloned animals or their offspring.
“It is very important that consumers completely understand there is no risk to human health. It is also important to remind consumers the beef produced by our Scottish red meat industry – renowned for its quality world-wide - is underpinned by rigorous quality, welfare and traceability standards.
A Caithness farm business remains totally committed to beef production despite figures indicating its annual income would be substantially boosted if it were to move out of cattle.
Johnnie Mackenzie and step-son, Gary Elder, who run Westfield, near Thurso, Scotland’s most northerly monitor farm, were aware their 249-cow suckler herd was making a loss before they received their subsidy pay-out.
But they were astounded to discover they would be £17,000 better off if they were to move out of cows while continuing to receive the subsidy cheque.
Grazing cattle could be a contributor to the future survival of iconic but rapidly declining game bird, the black grouse.
New research by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has revealed that black grouse are breeding better in fields grazed by cattle, due to the abundance of the insects young chicks need to survive.
The research showed that fields grazed by cattle had twice as many sawfly larvae, a major constituent of the diet of newly hatched black grouse chicks.
A new butchers shop which officially opened today (Saturday 3rd July 2010) in Stonehaven is one of three new butchers’ outlets to open in Scotland in the past six months.
Andrew Gordon’s shop on Stonehaven’s Evan Street is the third to have opened on the east coast of Scotland since the end of 2009 when Scott Brothers in Dundee opened a new shop, followed by John Davidson’s new premises in Aberdeen this spring.
The quest is on to find a new Scottish organic monitor farm.
Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Organic Producers Association are seeking nominations for mixed livestock/cereal organic farms located in the East of Scotland (including Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Perthshire); Central; South-East Scotland and the Borders.