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The Scottish red meat industry is set to benefit from new opportunities to improve efficiency and sustainability as part of a tranche of new projects led by Quality Meat Scotland.

The Scottish red meat industry has grasped an opportunity to convert by-products, which in recent years incurred heavy disposal costs, into saleable materials.  As well as reducing waste, these products are now generating a valuable income stream for the industry.

During the past two years (from 2008 – 2010) Scottish red meat processors have turned the £2.2 million cost of safely disposing of non-carcase parts into a £13.3 million revenue stream - a £15.6 million improvement.

A new Quality Meat Scotland project to develop further business efficiency in the Scottish pig supply chain, was announced today (Thursday, June 24) at the Royal Highland Show.

The cook who joins some of the best-known BBC radio DJs to broadcast top cookery tips to millions of listeners each week will be one of the star attractions at the Quality Meat Scotland stand at this year’s Royal Highland Show (June 24-27).

Food expert and broadcaster, Nigel Barden, will be joining Lady Claire Macdonald, one of Scotland’s best known cooks, to perform entertaining cookery demonstrations at this year’s show.

Red meat industry could benefit by up to £5 million a year

Trials at a Scottish meat processing plant are set to play a crucial role in a trailblazing project to develop an automated process to determine the eating quality of meat.

The £950,000 IMEQ (Integrated Measurement of Eating Quality) project, jointly funded by Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Government, will see Scotland first to have novel technology which could deliver benefits throughout the meat production chain.

Quality Meat Scotland Marketing Manager, Margaret Stewart, has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Scottish red meat industry.

Mrs Stewart has spent the past 20 years working on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry undertaking a pivotal role in promoting exports of Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb.

She also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the industry retained important contacts with importers in key markets during the years when beef exports were banned.

This week’s first meeting of the new Moray and Nairn monitor farm attracted a record attendance of around 130 farmers and representatives from the industry.

Cluny Farm, near Forres, is the latest monitor farm in the project and a landmark twenty-fifth in the history of the Scottish monitor farms programme, supported by Quality Meat Scotland, the Scottish Government and a record number of local industry sponsors with help from the NFUS.