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The importance of maximising soil health to boost grass production will be the focus of the next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm on Tuesday 13th March.

At the meeting, which will be held at Clynelish Farm near Brora, Mark Hodkinson, a leading soil specialist, will explain the properties that make up good soil. He will also outline ways in which livestock farmers can improve their own soil management and nutrition in order to maximise grass production and animal health. 


Selecting the right breeding replacements for your suckler herd and choosing the correct feed to maximise the growth rates of finishing cattle are two of the key subjects being discussed at the next Borders Monitor farm meeting on 7 March at the Auld Cross Keys Inn at Denholm. 


A group of Japanese meat buyers were invited by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to visit key sites in the Scottish red meat industry supply chain, to gain a better understanding of Scotch Beef PGI production and learn why it is recognised internationally as a top quality product.

Collaboration and innovation are key to more efficient farming, particularly when it comes to machinery, something the Lothians Monitor Farm will demonstrate at their upcoming meeting on 8 March.

The event will focus on machinery, investigating how best to finance it, the benefits of sharing it and what the future holds for on farm technology.


The upcoming meeting at Angus Monitor Farm could inspire changes to the Stodart family’s approach to arable cropping and fodder grazing.

The event at Mill of Inverarity Farm on 1 March will review the previous season’s arable yields, as well as the outline plan for this season, but the Stodarts are open to ideas from the community group as to how they might do things differently.


Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new guide to help consumers across the UK to select and cook the perfect Scotch Beef PGI steak, just the way they like it.

‘Steaks – Your Perfect Guide’ features useful information on the different cuts available and the best way to cook and complement steaks with recipes for sauces, butters, rubs and marinades as well as sensational sides.


Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today (February 21st 2018) officially opened a new, state-of-the-art butchery production premises at McCaskie’s in Wemyss Bay.

The royal visitor toured the new Renfrewshire facility, which has been developed with an investment of around £800,000, during a visit to the thriving butchers’ business run by Nigel and Helen Ovens, in partnership with Nigel’s mother, Elizabeth, whose father  Mearns T McCaskie established the business in1935.


Farmers are invited to the next meeting of the North Ayrshire Monitor Farm on Friday 9 March, which will focus on improving the profitability and efficiency of suckler cows.

At the meeting, which will be held at Auchans Restaurant in Dundonald, Gavin Hill, a Beef Specialist with SAC Consulting, will give an outlook for the beef industry and share ways in which farmers can increase margins on their own farms.