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QMS Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme

The QMS Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme is the longest established scheme of its kind in the World and celebrated a milestone 25th anniversary in 2015.

To carry the Scottish red meat industry’s premium brands Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI, cattle and sheep must have been born, reared and slaughtered in Scotland and spent their entire life on QMS Scotch Assured holdings. 

Animal welfare and wellbeing are of paramount importance in ensuring the highest product quality. The QMS Animal Welfare and Wellbeing Charter recognises the five freedoms of animal welfare and wellbeing and is a guiding principle for all QMS assurance schemes, which are supported and approved by the Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s independent animal welfare charity. The Scottish SPCA also carry out some joint visits to QMS approved livestock farms along with Acoura farm assessors.

Traceability of product is key and checker systems are available to farmers, auction markets and abattoirs, for determining the brand eligibility of Scotch assured livestock. The Scotch Potential Eligibility Cattle Checker (SPECC) allows users to check whether individual animals are potentially eligible for the Scotch brand. There is also a Status Checker which allows users to check which holdings are currently approved as QMS assured.

The Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme is owned by QMS who have contracted Acoura, an independent inspection and certification company, to carry out the required farm assessments in order to certify and approve scheme members.

To download the Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme standards or application form, please click on the links to the right.