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Two new projects, launching next month, are aiming to show that the path to profitability is paved not with gold, but with grass.

Quality Meat Scotland are funding a new project to establish two Grassland Development Farm projects in Fife and Dumfriesshire. Aimed at improving grassland management and utilisation on beef and sheep farms in Scotland, the work is being led by SAC adviser Rhidian Jones.

Peterhead Academy pupils have shown that they could stand the heat of the kitchen in the QMS sponsored School Cooks Competition.

Secondary School pupils in the Grampian area pitted their culinary skills against each other on Saturday in a school cook off.

Pupils from Peterhead took first prize in the competition held at Taste of Grampian in Inverurie , with second going to the Gordon School.

With forecasters predicting a long, hot summer this year Quality Meat Scotland is getting butchers ready for what could be a bumper season.

Members of the Scotch Butchers Club, QMS's club for butchers that stock and promote Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork, are all being sent a new seasonal point of sale pack containing the latest hot summer recipes that their customers will just love to take outside.

The new recipes focus on simple salads and stir-frys and are quick to prepare and ideal for summer dining.

Mull and Argyll lamb producers looking to improve their returns, considering finishing their lambs, or even launching into direct marketing will all get something from an upcoming seminar.

As part of the C2 – Cultivating Collaboration initiative, Quality Meat Scotland, SAOS and the Argyll And Bute Agricultural Forum are hosting a lamb supply chain workshop for local producers, taking place tomorrow on the Isle of Mull.

London restaurateurs were reintroduced to the sometimes forgotten forequarter in a bid to show them that top quality beef can be a good value part of any menu.

Scotland’s top butchers are sharpening their knives in preparation for a battle of skills this weekend.

The butchers will be displaying their professional talents during the finals of the Meat Skills Competition at this year’s SFMTA Scottish Meat Trades Fair, taking place in the Dewars Centre, Perth on Sunday.

Ensuring livestock farmers get the best out of their main asset - grass - is the aim of a new DVD launched this week.

The new Grassland Management DVD, which has been produced by Quality Meat Scotland in collaboration with the other UK levy bodies, highlights all aspects of grassland management – from reseeding to the use of clover, and covers techniques such as outwintering and deferred grazing.

Quality Meat Scotland, the Scottish red meat promotion body, is sponsoring the beef at tonight’s (Friday 1st May) opening dinner for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, one of the flagship events of this year’s Homecoming celebrations.

Over 350 guests at the sell out evening in Dufftown will enjoy a dinner of Scotch Beef sourced from Aberdeenshire farms and supplied by Scotch Premier, the Inverurie based meat company. The First Minister Alex Salmond will make the key note speech.