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Building better relationships and fairer prices for farm products comes from supply chain collaboration rather than negotiation, so said dairy farmer Rory Christie at the recent Lothians Monitor Farm meeting.

Rory was describing his experience setting up the Milk Suppliers Association (MSA), a co-op which supplies Lactalis and has secured the first negotiated milk price contract since the Milk Marketing board was disbanded.

A Scottish Government minister has heard very serious concerns about post-Brexit labour availability, during a visit to a West Lothian meat processing plant. 

During a tour of AK Stoddart’s processing facility in Broxburn by Mike Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, the importance of non-UK labour to the business was made very clear.

The Mitchell family, who run the Borders Monitor Farm in Denholm, are turning their attention to how they can safeguard their flock from some of the main infectious diseases that can affect sheep productivity.

At the next monitor farm meeting on Wednesday 10 January, the family will look at some of the factors limiting flock performance on their farm. 

The team at an award-winning Inverness-shire butchers has welcomed a very important helper as they gear up to the busy festive period.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, visited butchers Duncan Fraser & Son where he met with owners William and Duncan Fraser and their employees, before lending a hand behind the butcher’s counter.  

Rotational grazing

The decision by a Fife family to introduce a rotational grazing system to their beef and sheep enterprise has boosted their farm’s grass production as well as reducing its fertiliser bill.

Jim Wilson and his son Matthew from Balhelvie Farm near Newburgh, recently hosted a visit by Quality Meat Scotland’s Better Grazing Group so that local farmers could learn more about establishing a rotational grazing system and see a demonstration on electric fencing.

The dedication and attention to detail shown by a Fife sheep farming family based near Cupar, led to their farm being selected as a finalist in the Agriscot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year 2017.

This prestigious annual competition is run by Agriscot and Quality Meat Scotland and sponsored by Thorntons.

The recent Scotch Lamb PGI marketing campaign undertaken by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has delivered strong results for the industry in Scotland.

Figures from Kantar Worldpanel (12 week data to 5 November 2017) show retail sales of Scottish-origin lamb in Scotland increased by 38.2% during the high impact “Wham Bam Lamb” campaign compared with the same period last year

The dedication of a Lanarkshire farming family to producing quality beef, resulted in their farm being selected as a finalist in the Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award, run by Agriscot and Quality Meat Scotland and sponsored by Thorntons.