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The board of Quality Meat Scotland has this week submitted to Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, a recommendation to increase levy rates.

A Perthshire farming couple are this week leaving their wellies behind and travelling to South Africa to attend the glamorous Miss World competition.

Morag and Alistair Brewster of Rotmell Farm, Dunkeld are leaving the winter cattle and sheep work on the family farm to travel to Johannesburg with life-long friend, Marilyn McAloon, Miss Scotland’s mum.

Sotch Beef and Scotch Lamb will feature amongst some of Britain’s most cherished produce at an upcoming Christmas Market.

Quality Meat Scotland is taking part in the Defra-organised Protected Food Names Christmas Market, taking place on Thursday 10th at New Covent Garden Market in Vauxhall, London.

Quality Meat Scotland provided a traditional Scottish breafast for Terry Wogan on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show to celebrate St Andrew's Day, you can hear the results about 40 minutes in to the broadcast below.

A new blog has been launched documenting a Scottish sheep farmer’s experiences of using electronic identification (EID) to assist with performance recording his flock.

Alex Brewster of Rotmell Farm, near Pitlochry, Perthshire is describing his trials and tribulations on Brewster’s Blog – available at

Two borders farmers at the forefront of promoting the use of performance recording in animal breeding have been recognised at the Royal Highland Winter Fair today (25 November).

Arnold Park from Drinkstone at Hawick and Richard Oates from Billerwell, Bonchester Bridge were presented with the Johnstone Carmichael Trophy by the Scottish Sheep Strategy at the Ingliston event.

Staff at a Dunblane butchers shop are proudly celebrating the national success of one of their team was this week named Young Butcher of the Year.

Twenty-two year old Stewart McClymont, a butcher at David Bennett and Son, lifted the national award in the competition run by the Meat Trades Journal.

Stewart, one of an all-Scotland trio of finalists in the competition, was presented with his award at a ceremony in London.

Despite soaring input costs in 2008, Scotland’s top livestock producers improved their margins through strong technical performance, according to the annual analysis of performance and profitability by red meat promotion and development body, Quality Meat Scotland.

Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economic Services, QMS, pointed out the price of many inputs rose steeply over the first half of the year and there was little respite in input prices until late 2008.  Fertiliser prices increased more than two fold during 2008 while feed and energy costs increased by over 20%.