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A search is being launched this week to find two of Scotland’s most talented young shepherds to take part in a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand.

This fantastic opportunity will see two skilled shepherds represent their country in the first ever World Young Shepherds Competition, taking place in New Zealand later this year.

A Glasgow primary school has this week received a top national award for its “life-changing” health and wellbeing initiatives.

Alexandra Parade Primary School pupils were presented with the award, sponsored by Scotch Beef, at the Scottish Education Awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Jackie Bird.

Among the initiatives the school has undertaken which caught the eye of the judges was a “bounceback committee” of primary seven pupils which was set up to evaluate teaching and learning across health and wellbeing.

 A new bull was the four legged star attraction at the recent Kintyre Monitor Farm meeting, part of the national programme run by Quality Meat Scotland, at Glenbarr Farms, between Tarbert and Campbeltown.

 At the previous meeting monitor farmer Duncan Macalister, who runs a herd of 140 predominantly spring-calving Aberdeen Angus cows put to Aberdeen-Angus bulls, had said he felt his cows were becoming too pure and that action was needed to boost milk production. He had invited suggestions for an outcross breed.

 

 

 

 

Falling stock numbers in upland areas are seen as a major trigger for the rapid growth of the area of bracken in the UK, currently spreading at a rate of 100,000 acres per annum.

More than 1000 children will get a hands-on opportunity to cook simple, healthy and nutritious dishes including beef, pork and lamb at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

Quality Meat Scotland is this year sponsoring the Scotch Beef Children’s Cookery Theatre located in the Dobbies Children’s Discovery Centre in Avenue Q of the showground.

During the four days of the show an estimated 15,000 children will visit the centre, run by the Royal Highland Education Trust, to learn more about where food comes from.

 

Crofters and farmers are facing a race against time if they are to benefit from the current level of support on offer to develop renewable energy schemes.

The last couple of years have witnessed a major surge in small-scale wind and solar panel ventures on agricultural land, attendees heard at this week’s meeting at Westfield, near Thurso, the Caithness monitor farm.

Caithness livestock producers attending the latest monitor farm meeting were advised to get their skates on if they are serious about going ahead.

 

A new report is bringing sharply into focus the financial impact and practical problems being created in the red meat supply chain by overweight and over-fat cattle.

The project was funded by Quality Meat Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, as part of a Scotland Food & Drink Sustainability Pilot Programme. It was undertaken by MLCSL Consulting and reveals too many beef producers are missing the optimal time to sell their cattle to Scottish abattoirs and, as a result, hitting quality and meat chain margins and efficiency.

Huge billboards depicting Scottish beef, sheep and pig producers will be displayed by Quality Meat Scotland in Glasgow's George Square this weekend (May 28th and 29th).

The images of grassroots farmers will welcome shoppers in the bustling city centre to Scotland’s biggest free consumer food and drink event – “Enjoy the Taste of Scotland” - which is expected to see a footfall of around 20,000 people.

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