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A Scotch Butchers Club member in Deeside has swept the board in the Scottish Craft Butchers’ Pie Competition for the first time in its history.

HM Sheridan in Ballater was today (Wednesday 31st August) dubbed as the best pie maker in the country, taking the top prize for their Traditional Steak Pie and for their venison and Cranberry pie in the Speciality category.

The Scottish red meat industry is collectively looking forward, with livestock producers in general showing more confidence than for many years, according to Jim McLaren, Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland.

Speaking at the launch of QMS’ Annual Review 2010/11 Mr McLaren said it was, however, important not to forget the difficult recent history the industry has endured.

“Without question, the reduction in livestock numbers in recent years has been a real worry for us all.

Sheep management was the theme of the recent organic monitor farm meeting, organised by the Scottish Organic Producers Association (SOPA) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Hot topics at the meeting included the benefits of early diagnosis and targeted worm treatment of individual lambs and electronic identification (EID).

Celebrated broadcaster, comedian and chef Hardeep Singh Kohli joined Edinburgh Fringe revellers today to launch a new campaign for Specially Selected Pork.

Hardeep, who is performing daily in his “Chat Masala” show in Edinburgh’s Gilded Balloon, was joined by Fife pig farmer Andrew Peddie to unveil the new “Look for the Label” campaign.

The pair tempted hungry festival goers with a selection of delicious dishes highlighting the versatility of pork which Hardeep describes as “the king of meats.”

More than a dozen top chefs, including world-renowned Gino D’Acampo, will be working their culinary magic to impress the crowds at this year’s Dundee Food Festival.

One of the top ingredients at the event will be Scotch Lamb which was today (Friday 19th August) unveiled as the main sponsor of the event, part of the Dundee Flower and Food Festival at Camperdown Park (2-4 Sept).

Top butchers from throughout Scotland congregated at Murrayfield today to ensure Scotland’s star rugby players are fuelled by first class Scotch meat.

With just a few weeks to go before the Scotland squad departs for New Zealand, the players who have shown exceptional endeavour in training were awarded top class meat prizes by the butchers.

A lamb’s natural ability to survive and thrive is a priority in the sheep enterprise of Kintyre Monitor Farmer, Duncan Macalister, who farms the 1,730 acres of Glenbarr Farms, a few miles north of Campbeltown.

At the recent well-attended meeting, the community group, which included farmers from the Isle of Arran, travelled around the farm by tractor and trailer, providing the opportunity to view ewes and lambs at grass.

All lambs from the total flock of 550 ewes, other than retained female replacements, are finished.

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