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A £100,000 BPEX research project, supported by QMS, has developed technology which looks set to mean the origin of pork and pig meat products can be verified by testing.

This exciting project - which could be used for products including bacon and ham - is nearing the stage of becoming a commercial reality.

Quality Meat Scotland today (Friday, March 26th) unveiled plans to strengthen and expand the programme of activities it undertakes on behalf of Scottish red meat industry during the financial year ahead (2010/11).

Next week (April 1) sees the introduction of new levy rates, following discussion and engagement with the industry last year, including a series of open meetings throughout Scotland.

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.