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History will be made within the Scottish meat industry this year with the launch of the UK’s first ever farm assurance and food labelling scheme independently approved by a national animal welfare charity.

The pork production scheme follows a groundbreaking agreement between the Scottish SPCA and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Scottish SPCA Chief Executive Stuart Earley said, “This is a tremendously exciting partnership which will ensure and demonstrate the highest animal welfare standards on Scottish pig farms.

The passion for great produce shown by Scottish farmers will be combined with two cooks with a passion for food at the Quality Meat Scotland Royal Highland Show stand this year.

Making his debut on the QMS stand, TV presenter, columnist and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli will be demonstrating his skills with Scotland’s best produce with his own take on classic British and European dishes on Saturday.

Two new projects, launching next month, are aiming to show that the path to profitability is paved not with gold, but with grass.

Quality Meat Scotland are funding a new project to establish two Grassland Development Farm projects in Fife and Dumfriesshire. Aimed at improving grassland management and utilisation on beef and sheep farms in Scotland, the work is being led by SAC adviser Rhidian Jones.

Peterhead Academy pupils have shown that they could stand the heat of the kitchen in the QMS sponsored School Cooks Competition.

Secondary School pupils in the Grampian area pitted their culinary skills against each other on Saturday in a school cook off.

Pupils from Peterhead took first prize in the competition held at Taste of Grampian in Inverurie , with second going to the Gordon School.

With forecasters predicting a long, hot summer this year Quality Meat Scotland is getting butchers ready for what could be a bumper season.

Members of the Scotch Butchers Club, QMS's club for butchers that stock and promote Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork, are all being sent a new seasonal point of sale pack containing the latest hot summer recipes that their customers will just love to take outside.

The new recipes focus on simple salads and stir-frys and are quick to prepare and ideal for summer dining.

Mull and Argyll lamb producers looking to improve their returns, considering finishing their lambs, or even launching into direct marketing will all get something from an upcoming seminar.

As part of the C2 – Cultivating Collaboration initiative, Quality Meat Scotland, SAOS and the Argyll And Bute Agricultural Forum are hosting a lamb supply chain workshop for local producers, taking place tomorrow on the Isle of Mull.

London restaurateurs were reintroduced to the sometimes forgotten forequarter in a bid to show them that top quality beef can be a good value part of any menu.

Scotland’s top butchers are sharpening their knives in preparation for a battle of skills this weekend.

The butchers will be displaying their professional talents during the finals of the Meat Skills Competition at this year’s SFMTA Scottish Meat Trades Fair, taking place in the Dewars Centre, Perth on Sunday.