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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.

Beef producers at AgriScot today (Wednesday 17th November) were urged to take advantage of EBV calving ease information given the “horrendous” financial and workload implications of difficult calvings.

Highlighting the reduced labour available on modern livestock farms, Quality Meat Scotland’s Livestock Development Manager, Kathy Peebles, said it was now imperative the industry takes calving ease EBVs on board.

A new chair and five new members have been appointed to the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Board by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

Richard Lochhead confirmed the appointments today ahead of speaking at the Agriscot event tomorrow.

Current NFU Scotland President Jim McLaren is to take over from Donald Biggar as the Chairman of QMS in April 2011. The other new board members, who will also join in April 2011, are John Scott, Johnny Mackey, David Sole and John Craig.

Hill Producers Remain Under Pressure

In general Scottish beef and sheep producers saw some improvement in margins during 2009, according to a report published today.

 

Marginal Improvement in Scottish Livestock Profitability
- Hill Producers Remain Under Pressure

In general Scottish beef and sheep producers saw some improvement in margins during 2009, according to a report published today.

However, many parts of the industry remain under severe financial pressure and far from profitable according to “Cattle and Sheep Enterprise Profitability in Scotland 2010”, commissioned by QMS and compiled by SAC.

The welfare, economic and environmental benefits of woodland on farms were all discussed at the launch meeting of the new Livestock and Woodland Focus Farm project.

The initiative, aimed at helping Scottish livestock farmers fully realise the economic and environmental potential of their woodlands, has been launched by Quality Meat Scotland and the Forestry Commission Scotland.

The top chef who will represent the UK at Bocuse d'Or, the culinary equivalent to the Oscars, visited Scotland this week to learn more about Scotch Lamb.

Scotch Lamb is a main ingredient in the competition which takes place in Lyon in January next year and will also feature Scottish seafood.

Simon Hulstone is the UK candidate in the Bocuse d’Or, a contest set up by culinary legend Paul Bocuse in 1987 to celebrate the individual talent of young chefs.

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