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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.

A new marketing executive with a passion for helping develop Scotland’s food and drink sector has joined the team at Quality Meat Scotland.

Jack Broussine has taken over the reins from Gordon Sloan and will be leading the Specially Selected Pork campaigns as well as looking after the public procurement sector and independent retailers.

Scotbeef supplier Andrew Morton of Lochend Farm, Stirlingshire
pictured during a visit from leading chef Simon Hulstone, the UK
finalist for Bocuse d’Or.

A leading Scottish meat processor will supply the Scotch Lamb to be cooked by the world’s top chefs at Bocuse d’Or – the Olympics of the culinary world.

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.

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