Adopting new technology can deliver important cost and labour efficiencies to livestock farmers, according to a pioneering Borders producer.
Fenwick Jackson, who will share his experiences with delegates at Quality Meat Scotland’s R&D conference in Perthshire this week, is making the most of technology to deliver management, welfare and business benefits.
Mr Jackson farms with his father at Kersheugh near Jedburgh where they run 150 Saler cows, 2,500 ewes, 650 breeding ewe hogs and 300 dry ewe hogs on 425 ha across two units extending to 750 feet above sea level.
Dense conifer shelter belts provide valuable protection for sheep at Wellheads Farm, near Huntly, one of the Livestock and Woodland Focus Farms established by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Forestry Commission.
John Gordon is the fourth generation of the Gordon family to farm the 500 ha (1235 acre) unit, which rises to 365 metres (1200 feet), with the steading at 200 metres (650 feet).
The farm runs 850 Scotch and English Mule ewes and 220 mainly Limousin cross cows, with prime lambs and Charolais cross yearlings sold.
Consumer awareness of the Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb brands is soaring in Scotland, following a £1 million marketing push by Quality Meat Scotland.
New independent research has also revealed Scotch Beef is the best-recognised British red meat brand in the key London market.
The latest statistics from market research company, IGD, reveal record brand awareness of Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb in the wake of a trio of dovetailed campaigns by QMS, with a total spend of over £1million.
Miss UK, Katharine Brown was brought in to help with the last minute rush at Glasgow based quality family butcher, S Collins & Son today (22 December) as 30 steak pies fly off the shelves every hour.
As butcher Stewart Collins cooked up a storm, steak pies were top of many shopping lists and eager Katharine braved the cold while rosy-cheeked food-lovers packed into the local butcher just two days before the big day to make sure they didn’t miss out on one of Scotland’s great traditions.
Producers looking for the latest technology to improve their efficiency will need to act quickly to snap up the last few places at the upcoming QMS R&D Conference.
The free conference, which takes place on 19 January 2011 at Murrayshall House Hotel, Scone, Perth features results and reviews of some of the research work aimed at improving efficiency and profitability at every stage of the Scottish red meat production chain.
An Aberdeenshire family farm has been appointed by the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) as Scotland’s new organic monitor farm.
Mains of Thornton, run by the Cooper family at Bourtie, near Inverurie has been selected from a strong line-up of applicants following the retirement of Balanloan Home Farm in Perthshire with the first farm meeting on 14 January.