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.
The Scottish red meat industry has all the right ingredients for a strong future despite its challenges and the evolving Brexit situation, according to Alan Clarke, Chief Executive of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
One of the best steps livestock producers can take to prepare for Brexit is to look carefully at the performance of their businesses and seek out opportunities to improve what is in their control, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s Head of Economics Services.
The exceptionally wet summer is posing a real winter challenge for livestock farmers round the country with straw and quality winter forage in short supply.
The steps farmers can take to manage their cattle through the winter, in light of these additional challenges, will be top of the agenda at the next Lochaber Monitor Farm meeting on Thursday 16 November.