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A trio of policemen are set to draw on every ounce of their physical and mental stamina next week when they embark on a unique Speyside challenge, including swimming the 107 mile length of the River Spey.

The three were in Speyside - home of top quality Scotch Beef and Scotch Whisky - this week to complete the final phase of their arduous training programme before undertaking the challenge next week when they hope to raise £5000 target for charity.

A breakthrough new technique to tackle sheep scab (psoroptic mange) could be on the cards as a result of a Quality Meat Scotland study unveiled this week.

The project was highlighted during a briefing to launch the 2010 Research and Development Report published by QMS which contains information about many of the 47 projects and studentships which the Scottish red meat promotion and development body funds. The report is available to view on line at or by calling 0131 472 4040.

The early results of a research project looking at techniques to add value to our meat production system look promising, it was revealed at the launch of Quality Meat Scotland’s Research and Development Report 2010.

The project is being carried out by Cameron Craigie, the first PhD student solely funded by QMS, and harnesses scientific expertise in both New Zealand and Scotland as part of a new research collaboration between QMS, SAC, AgResearch (New Zealand Crown Research Institute) and Massey University in New Zealand.

Skills Development Scotland, along with partners in the private sector and Quality Meat Scotland, will invest £59,000 in a pilot project to address the skills gaps in the food and drink sector in Scotland.

The food and drink industry is a major contributor to Scotland’s economy, generating over £9.5billion per year.

Research has shown there is a gap in relation to supervisory and management skills for individuals working within the sector.

Specially Selected Pork is set to return to Scottish TV screens over the next two weeks with its sponsorship of a series of healthy living programmes.

The programmes feature Alan Clyne, champion squash player and Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley talking about the importance of a healthy balanced diet, and the difference it makes to their training.

The one minute slots will be shown on STV before the programmes at 5, 6, and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, before the programmes showing 10.30 Wednesday and Thursday and 4.00 and 5.00 on Sunday.

The Scottish pig sector’s innovative collaboration with the Scottish SPCA has been recognised with a major national award.

Quality Meat Scotland, as part of a five-partner innovation with Scottish Pig Producers, VION UK Ltd, ASDA and Scottish SPCA was awarded the SAOS sponsored ‘Success through Working in Partnerships’ award at last night’s Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2010 at the Benromach Distillery in Forres.

North East producers will hear about the latest advances in the beef and lamb sectors when Quality Meat Scotland hosts the first of a series of regional Beef and Lamb Forums this month.

The North East Beef and Lamb Forum – focusing on “Quality Production”- will be held from 1.30pm on Tuesday 25 May at the Barn and Bushel, Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Inverurie. Attendees will also get the opportunity to taste the recently launched healthier bacon and scotch pie with a buffet lunch at 1pm.

The twenty-fifth monitor farm in the history of the Scottish monitor farms programme was unveiled today (Tuesday May 4th) with the announcement of the first ever monitor farm for Moray and Nairn.

The Newlands family who farm at Cluny, near Forres are the latest monitor farmers in the project, supported by Quality Meat Scotland, the Scottish Government and several local sponsors with help from the NFUS.