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The cook who joins some of the best-known BBC radio DJs to broadcast top cookery tips to millions of listeners each week will be one of the star attractions at the Quality Meat Scotland stand at this year’s Royal Highland Show (June 24-27).

Food expert and broadcaster, Nigel Barden, will be joining Lady Claire Macdonald, one of Scotland’s best known cooks, to perform entertaining cookery demonstrations at this year’s show.

Red meat industry could benefit by up to £5 million a year

Trials at a Scottish meat processing plant are set to play a crucial role in a trailblazing project to develop an automated process to determine the eating quality of meat.

The £950,000 IMEQ (Integrated Measurement of Eating Quality) project, jointly funded by Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Government, will see Scotland first to have novel technology which could deliver benefits throughout the meat production chain.

Quality Meat Scotland Marketing Manager, Margaret Stewart, has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Scottish red meat industry.

Mrs Stewart has spent the past 20 years working on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry undertaking a pivotal role in promoting exports of Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb.

She also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the industry retained important contacts with importers in key markets during the years when beef exports were banned.

This week’s first meeting of the new Moray and Nairn monitor farm attracted a record attendance of around 130 farmers and representatives from the industry.

Cluny Farm, near Forres, is the latest monitor farm in the project and a landmark twenty-fifth in the history of the Scottish monitor farms programme, supported by Quality Meat Scotland, the Scottish Government and a record number of local industry sponsors with help from the NFUS.

Miss Scotland, Katharine Brown, thrilled strongman champions from around the globe yesterday when she spent the day in as chieftain of an International Highland Games hosted by London Scottish FC.

Katharine, who is also Miss UK, was at the event as an ambassador of Scotch Beef and joined throngs of supporters who gathered at Richmond which hosted the Highland Games in the Capital for the first time in more than three decades.

Scottish industry bodies speak ahead of World Environment Day

On the eve of World Environment Day (Saturday, 5 June), three of Scotland’s leading agricultural organisations – NFU Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland and SAOS – have issued a joint statement that maps out a route for the Scottish industry to tackle climate change.

A new guide designed for commercial sheep farmers who retain home-produced ewe lambs as breed replacements was launched by Quality Meat Scotland’s Scottish Sheep Strategy at Scotsheep today.

The “Guide To Breed Replacement Selection” – known as ELSA – is based on an easy-to-use system for home-produced lambs. While it does not replace the Signet breeding system for pedigree sheep it will help producers maximise the genetics in their flocks rather than relying on “eye” alone.

A new grassland management regime is on the cards for a farm in Caithness which is trialling new mixes to find out if the switch will translate into increased returns from its livestock enterprise.

Two new mixes, which will include high-yield red clover, are being used on a reseed at Westfield Farm, recently appointed as a QMS monitor farm, operating with support from Scottish Government and a number of local agricultural sponsors.