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An investigation into the effects of the Cryptosporidium parasite which aims to deliver a path to a more evidence-based control strategy for on farm management, has been highlighted by Quality Meat Scotland.

The project, co-funded by QMS, Harbro and Alpharma/Pfizers, dubbed CRYPTOBEEF, was discussed at a QMS Research and Development briefing in Perthshire today (26 July). It is being undertaken by the University of Glasgow and Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh.

While the butcher shop may not be the first place you’d think of taking the kids, a new Quality Meat Scotland campaign could make it a must visit this summer.

With children throughout the country now on their school holidays and parents and grandparents in search of activities to keep the little ones occupied, visitors to members of the Scotch Butchers Club will not only get great quality meat and advice on cooking it, but also activities to help turning their kids into mini gourmets.

With the main tup sales just around the corner, the Scottish Sheep Strategy is running a series of free of charge workshops to help farmers make sure their purchases aren’t based on looks alone.

The Quality Meat Scotland’s Scottish Sheep Strategy is running a series of four workshops in northern Scotland to give sheep farmers an overview of performance recording and estimated breeding values and how they can harness them to help remove some of the uncertainties from their businesses.

TV presenter and pig farmer Jimmy Doherty visited an Angus pig farm today (Tuesday 12th July) during a trip north of the border to learn more about the Scottish pork industry, the trip was part of VION Food Group’s ‘Put Pork On Your Fork’ campaign.

Mr Doherty spent the day hearing from Scottish pork producers and industry experts as part of his role as the face of the consumer campaign to encourage people to eat more British pork as part of their everyday diet.

TV presenter and pig farmer Jimmy Doherty visited an Angus pig farm today (Tuesday 12th July) during a trip north of the border to learn more about the Scottish pork industry, the trip was part of VION Food Group’s ‘Put Pork On Your Fork’ campaign.

Mr Doherty spent the day hearing from Scottish pork producers and industry experts as part of his role as the face of the consumer campaign to encourage people to eat more British pork as part of their everyday diet.

Two of Scotland’s most talented young shepherds are in line for a trip of a lifetime after winning a competition to assess their sheep husbandry skills.

Borders-based David Gray and Aberdeenshire-based Gregor Ingram emerged as the overall winners of the NSA Scotland Young Shepherd competition which took place at Oatridge College near Edinburgh yesterday (Tuesday July 5th).

David (25), who was the highest place competitor, is from Sunnycroft, Lindean, Selkirk and Gregor (22) who was runner-up, is from Logie Durno, Pitcaple, Inverurie.

 

The enthusiasm of the different sectors of the Scottish red meat chain to work together to better understand each link in the chain was very clear at an event in Morayshire yesterday (Sunday July 3rd).

More than fifty farmers, butchers and local chefs gathered at Rhinds of Elgin to hear about opportunities to maximise value in the red meat supply chain.

 

A number of opportunities to potentially improve efficiency and returns have been identified as focus areas for year two of the Moray and Nairn monitor farm.

Cluny – part of the national programme of monitor farms led by Quality Meat Scotland - is a1060 acre unit run by Robbie and Kirsty Newlands and Robbie’s father, also Robbie.

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