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 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.
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.