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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.

The value of exports of beef and lamb from Scotland has increased to over £80 million in the past year, according to the results of the annual exporters’ survey conducted by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Six colourful and eye-catching works of art created using straw bales have been selected as the finalists in a national competition being run by Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC).

Prime lamb prices have shown some firmness over the past week, rising by 7p/kg liveweight, after falling during the previous four weeks.

This took the average price back in line with prices during the same period in 2016, said Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.

The steps needed to maximise profit from pasture were highlighted to farmers and crofters attending the recent Sutherland Monitor Farm meeting.

Jason Ballantyne and his wife Vic, in partnership with Jason’s dad Murdo, run the 125-hectare Clynelish farm where they have adopted a strategy of almost 100% forage-based diets for their sheep and cattle enterprises.

A range of very illuminating results of some “test my vest” soil trials were shared at the recent Lochaber Monitor Farm meeting.

Back in June members of the Monitor Farm community group buried their cotton vests in order to investigate soil quality on farms in the area