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Livestock and arable farmers can both gain from collaboration but it’s a fine balance to ensure both parties benefit.

That was the key message at the recent Lothians Monitor Farm meeting, where Farm Managers Bill Gray and Peter Eccles are developing a closer collaboration on their neighbouring farms.

Pigs

Farmgate pig prices have returned to a traditional seasonal pattern in 2017, following considerable volatility in recent years. 

According to data from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), since reaching its 2017 peak of 165p/kg dwt in the final week of July, the GB Standard Pig Price (SPP) has fallen in ten out of eleven weeks, slipping to 158p/kg in the second week of October. 

The potential to introduce a DNA testing programme to further underpin the existing measures in place to guarantee the authenticity of Scotch Beef PGI, is being explored by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Speaking at this week’s NFU Scotland Livestock Roadshow in Orkney, QMS Chief Executive Alan Clarke said QMS is seeking feedback from all parts of the Scottish red meat industry on the potential benefits of introducing an official programme of DNA testing for beef. 

A local farmer joined Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) sampling team at a Lidl store in Stranraer this week to encourage shoppers to add Scotch Lamb PGI to their weekly shopping lists.

A list of the restaurants which were the first ten founding members of Quality Meat Scotland’s Scotch Beef Club is to be found among the pages of a book of fascinating farming lists launched this month.

A giant teddy bear band made in Perthshire from straw bales was today (Friday 13th October) selected as the overall winner in a national young farmers’ bale art competition.

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal today (October 11th 2017) visited a borders farming family who pride themselves for being at the frontline of ethical beef production and innovation in product development and butchery. 

(l-r) Peter Toholt, SDI, Alan Clarke, CEO, QMS, Ingmar Fritz Rauch, RSV Germany, Dirk Bussimann (holding quaich), RSV Germany, Sandy Boyes, Sales manager, McIntosh Donald, Martin Songi, RDV Germany, Jim McLaren, Chairman, QMS.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has officially recognized two leading importers for their loyalty and commitment to Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI.

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