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By Eilidh Corr, Animal Health and Welfare Specialist at QMS

It seems likely that the green and white bottles which are still familiar in some lambing sheds will not be making an appearance this year.  Recently it has become apparent that the only oral antibiotic licensed to prevent watery mouth in lambs has faced supply issues, and the product may not be available for the upcoming lambing season.

A new collaborative project between NFU Scotland (NFUS), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Borders College aims to help futureproof beef and sheep farms by highlighting the benefits of work-based learning to young people, career influencers and to farm employers.

According to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), in addition to Brexit, there have been two other topics dominating the discussion about international trade in red meat in 2021. One is the ongoing impact of the changing pork market conditions in China, with the other the potential future impact of proposed trade agreements between the UK and Australia and New Zealand. 

Joining the final episode of Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) current podcast series focusing on themes from COP26, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP, outlines her thoughts on historic summit, the role of agriculture in meeting net-zero targets and the growing anti-meat lobby.

Launched today, Scotland’s Cattle and Sheep Enterprise Profitability Report reveals that producers who make cumulative marginal gains continue to dominate the top third of performers in the livestock industry. The report, commissioned by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) on enterprise profitability covers the 2020 calf and lamb crop year.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) as the Certification Body (CB) to carry out assessment and certification services for all of the QMS whole of life, whole of production supply chain Assurance Schemes.

Lamb exporters in the UK will have access to the American market – worth an estimated £37 million in the first five years of trade – as we head into 2022.

Students at Lockerbie Academy joined tens of thousands of pupils around Scotland on Tuesday (30 November) when they tucked into tasty Scotch Lamb to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.