Scotland's red meat industry is proving resilient in the face of the current extreme weather conditions.
Across the country farmers, suppliers and processors are working hard to keep one step ahead of the challenges posed by the severe weather and ensure the red meat industry is well positioned for the demands of the festive season.
Two decades ago this month the Scottish red meat industry launched its pioneering Farm Assurance Scheme and the occasion was commemorated at today’s Royal Highland Winter Fair.
Scotland was at the world forefront of farm assurance when the scheme was launched in November 1990, aimed at providing consumers with vital assurance about the quality and “wholesomeness” of the red meat they were purchasing.
A Perthshire farmer at the forefront of promoting the use of performance recording in sheep breeding has been recognised at the Royal Highland Winter Fair today (24 November 2010).
Alex Brewster from Rotmell, near Pitlochry was presented with the Johnston Carmichael Trophy by Neil Steven, Director Edinburgh Office, Johnston Carmichael and Rod McKenzie, Scottish Sheep Strategy Manager.
The trophy is awarded annually to the person or persons who have worked hard to raise the profile of livestock performance recording in Scotland.
An Argyllshire pupil has this week been named Scotland’s top hospitality student.
Claire Hamilton, a fifth form pupil at Dunoon Grammar School, has emerged as the country’s top student among around 6000 Scottish students taking the hospitality practical cookery Intermediate 2 course.
Quality Meat Scotland is next week holding a seminar and demonstration aimed at tackling an issue that costs Scottish farmers thousands of pounds a year.
Foot lameness in sheep is a problem all producers have to deal with at some time and at this year’s Royal Highland Winter Fair on 24th November, QMS is holding a practical seminar to help farmers deal with the problem.
Producers attending the latest meeting of the Moray and Nairn monitor farm were urged to make the most of Scottish Government subsidised BVD blood testing available until March 2011.
Scotland’s national BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) scheme was launched in September and the disease, regarded by vets as the most significant cattle disease in Europe and North America, was the main topic at the recent Moray and Nairn Monitor Farm meeting.