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A year after the launch of the new monitor farm programme for Scotland, Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, today (Wednesday 20th Nov) visited the Borders Monitor Farm.

The aim of the programme, run jointly by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, is to help improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of producers through practical demonstrations, the sharing of best practice and the discussion of up-to-date issues.

Farmers attending the next meeting of the North Ayrshire Monitor Farm will be given an insight into the management of the 300-head beef finishing enterprise run by Craig Bryson.

Mr Bryson, who is chairman of the monitor farm management group, will host the meeting on Friday 1 December on his own Gowanbank Farm at Newmilns and will give an overview of the priorities in the cattle business which he runs with his family.

The next meeting of the Shetland Monitor Farm on Saturday 2 December will focus on soil health.

Bigton Farm, a 300-hectare farm in the south of Shetland, is run by sisters Kirsty and Aimee Budge, with support from their family.

A group of nine chefs from Fife this month embarked on a learning journey to discover what sets Scotch Lamb PGI apart and how it gets from field to fork. 

Two Scottish butchers’ shops have been announced as winners at last week’s Meat Trades Journal (MTJ) Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017 awards.

The award-winning butchers are members of the Scotch Butchers Club, run by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). This continues a trend highlighting the innovation and skills of members who have featured regularly in the awards over the past few years.

A Borders farm was today (Wednesday 15th November) named as the winner of the 2017 AgriScot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year award run by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and sponsored by Thorntons Solicitors.

Barnside Farm in Abbey Saint Bathans near Duns, run by husband and wife team Charley and Andrea Walker, was announced as the overall winner during a presentation in the main ring at AgriScot.

A Dumfries and Galloway farm was today (Wednesday 15th November) named as the winner of the 2017 AgriScot Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award run by AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and sponsored by Thorntons Solicitors.

Castle Sinniness near Glenluce, run by the Fleming family, was announced as the overall winner during a presentation in the main ring at AgriScot.

The Mitchell family who run the Borders Monitor Farm are considering a range of options, including switching to organic production, to drive profitability in their business.

The next monitor farm meeting on Wednesday 22 November will have the theme of “Assessing Opportunities” and provide an opportunity for farmers attending to consider different options which could potentially improve their margins.

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