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Stuart Ashworth

The current state of the pig meat market highlighted in the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) shows the complexity of international red meat trade.

“While basic supply and demand will always be core drivers of the market place, international responses to disease outbreaks also have a significant effect,” said Stuart Ashworth, Director of Economic Services at QMS.

(l-r): Alan Clarke, QMS Chief Executive, Patrick and Arnold Vanderhaeghe from Good Meat, QMS Chair Kate Rowell and Frank Clark, Commercial Director of KEPAK McIntosh Donald

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has recognized two importers for their longstanding loyalty and commitment to the Scottish red meat industry.

Good Meat, a Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI importer from Belgium and France-based Scottish beef importer Neo Viandes, received the awards from QMS Chief Executive Alan Clarke and QMS Chair Kate Rowell during a reception on the QMS stand in SIAL Paris, one of the world’s most influential food fairs.

The opening days of SIAL in Paris, one of the world’s largest food trade fairs, have seen a very encouraging level of interest for beef, lamb and pork from Scotland.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) today (22nd October 2019) confirmed processors on their stand at this leading event on the global trade platform were receiving very strong interest from both existing and potential new overseas customers.

Quality Meat Scotland Chair, Kate Rowell, also a farmer and qualified vet, said: “The identification of this isolated case, after such a long period without any confirmed cases in Scotland, offers reassurance that the official prevention response plan and surveillance systems in place are working effectively.

Quality Meat Scotland’s new chair, Kate Rowell, is spending her first few weeks in post travelling around Scotland to hear from people involved in all aspects of the Scottish red meat industry.

Scotland’s meat exporters will be flying the flag for Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork in Paris this week at SIAL - one of the world’s most influential food fairs.

The June 2018 Agricultural Census published by the Scottish Government reveals the effects of the harsh spring weather on this year’s lamb crop.

There were 8% fewer lambs on Scottish farms than at the same point in 2017, with numbers sliding by 272,600 to 3.14m head. This left the Scottish lamb crop at a five-year low and 3.9% below its 2013-17 average level. 

Bale art depicting a colourful scene of shepherds and their sheep has today (12 October 2018) been declared the best in Scotland after winning a national competition for young farmers.
People across Scotland have been enjoying a wide range of works of art creating using straw bales around the country with a total of 53 young farmers clubs taking part in the national competition.