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The potential benefits to farm businesses of being involved in the monitor farm programme, were evident again this week, when close to one hundred farmers and industry representatives attended the initial meeting of the new southwest Scotland dairy monitor farm run by the Fleming family at Hillhead, Kirkpatrick-Fleming in Dumfriesshire.

Herd management changes at the Borders monitor farm - part of Quality Meat Scotland’s network of monitor farms around Scotland - have yielded numerous benefits to the enterprise.

Brothers Neil and Keith Thomson, who farm a total of 1,600, mainly arable acres, over three units near Kelso, run a suckler herd of 120 predominantly Limousin cross suckler cows.

Keith Thomson deals with the day-to-day management of the breeding herd. Sires are Limousin with progeny finished and sold live through nearby St. Boswells auction mart.

Quality Meat Scotland is appearing at Britain’s largest food trade show to get more of the industry to support Scotch Beef and Lamb.

The Scotch Butchers Club, QMS’ group of premium independent butchers that support and promote Scotch Beef and Lamb, will have a stand in the Meat @ Foodex  trade show from this Sunday to Wednesday at the NEC, Birmingham.

A new and improved version of the Cutting Edge, a free and unique resource featuring video clips of a master butcher at work, has been launched on Quality Meat Scotland’s website.

The surge of interest among Scotland’s farmers in the opportunity monitor farms present in terms of business efficiency, was evident today (March 4th) at the first meeting of the Central Scotland dairy monitor farm.

More than 100 farmers and industry representatives, from as far afield as Dumfries-shire, attended the initial meeting hosted by the Milne family of Carcary Farms, near Brechin in Angus.

Scotland’s two new dairy monitor farms, located in southwest and central Scotland, are opening their gates this month to host their first meetings.

The new monitor farms, appointed by DairyCo and Quality Meat Scotland, are Carcary Farms, Brechin, Angus, run by Sandy Milne, and Hillhead, Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Dumfriesshire, run by William Fleming.

The first meeting of the new Caithness and Sutherland monitor farm - Scotland’s most northerly monitor farm - attracted a record attendance of almost 100 people.

Westfield, four miles west of Thurso, is run by Johnny MacKenzie and his step-son, Gary Elder, who both admitted feeling somewhat daunted as the influx of fellow farmers and others involved in agriculture gathered at their steading.

Their apprehension, however, soon dissipated as they started discussing what they hope their involvement in the project will achieve.

The latest phase of a Quality Meat Scotland campaign to place Scotch Beef at the top of every discerning Londoner’s shopping list has been launched today.

The next stage of the £500,000 ‘Scotch Beef: Great Quality of Life, Great Quality of Taste’ campaign aims to reach 1.8 million shoppers during a two week run in selected London underground locations, and should reach more than half of those using the stations every day.

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