Despite soaring input costs in 2008, Scotland’s top livestock producers improved their margins through strong technical performance, according to the annual analysis of performance and profitability by red meat promotion and development body, Quality Meat Scotland.
Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economic Services, QMS, pointed out the price of many inputs rose steeply over the first half of the year and there was little respite in input prices until late 2008. Fertiliser prices increased more than two fold during 2008 while feed and energy costs increased by over 20%.
The Scottish red meat industry today took a step closer to developing world-leading technology to determine the eating quality of meat.
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the red meat industry development body, confirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to match-fund a three year project to develop the groundbreaking technology.
Scotland would be first to have a novel process allowing the measurement of meat eating quality factors. QMS Chairman Donald Biggar described the news as “a huge boost for the Scottish red meat industry”.
An SAC student has been selected by the Scottish Sheep Strategy, supported by Quality Meat Scotland,to participate in a major sheep breeding event.
Edinburgh student, Zara Chestnutt, was selected from the entries for an expenses paid trip to Sheep Breeders Round Table 2009 which will be held at Stratford Upon Avon from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 November.
The sponsorship will cover the winning delegate’s conference fee, accommodation for the duration of the conference and travel expenses up to the value of £200. The whole package is worth about £500 to the winner.