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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.

Alistair (left) and Jim (right) got some training tips from Scottish rugby legend Chris
Paterson at this year's Royal Highland Show.

Two meat industry stalwarts are marking a century of service with a charity ascent of Britain’s biggest peak.

Jm and Alistair at the summit following the successful climb.

Two meat industry stalwarts have marked a century of service with an ascent of Britain’s biggest peak, raising £8,000 in the process.

Jim Royan and Alistair Donaldson, who have served the Scottish meat industry for a combined total of 100 years, this week tackled the 4,409ft Ben Nevis in a charity climb in aid of RSABI, the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution, and Farms for City Children.

Quality Meat Scotland is holding a butchery demonstration on North Uist for the first time this week.

Butcher trainer Gordon Gibb will be doing two lamb butchery demonstrations at the North Uist Agricultural Society’s Annual Show at Hosta Machair, North Uist on Wednesday.

QMS and the Scottish Sheep Strategy will also have a stand with all the latest publications covering its industry development and marketing work.

A trailblazing research project to determine the eating quality of meat has reached another significant milestone this month with the installation of a working robot at the meat processing premises involved in the project.

Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Government are co–funding the Integrated Measurement of Eating Quality (IMEQ) project, which is being delivered by a consortium of partners, led by SAC. The project is on schedule and making good progress.

A Kinross butcher’s dreams of stardom on the stage look set to come true after his sausages caused a stir at this year’s T in the Park music festival.

The amazing vocal talent of Iain Hunter, who runs Hunters of Kinross in the town’s Main Street, was uncovered by chance by a Real Radio DJ attending the event.

Presenter Cat Harvey was staying at Galloway Farm run by farmers May and Jim Paterson when she tasted the fabulous Specially Selected Pork sausages and was told they had been made by Iain, known locally as “The Singing Butcher.”

Quality Meat Scotland is funding a project to evaluate a new diagnostic test to help farmers spot a common and potentially devastating parasite, and the project team is now asking for farmers’ assistance.

The liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica, is a highly pathogenic flatworm parasite responsible for severe production-limiting disease in both sheep and cattle. Acute fluke can cause the sudden death of previously healthy animals, especially sheep, whereas chronic fluke can significantly reduce lambing and calving percentages and liveweight gain in sheep and beef cattle.