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Scots in need of barbeque inspiration this summer have been given some fantastic hints and tips courtesy of renowned Inverurie butcher and barbeque enthusiast, John Davidson.

A self-taught butcher, John is director at Davidsons Specialist Butchers which has won countless awards culminating in UK Butcher Shop of the Year 2011 and now employs 26 people full-time over the three shops.

Managing grassland for optimum growth of cattle and sheep will be the focus at the next North Ayrshire Monitor Farm meeting on Wednesday 5 June.

The hard work and passion of Scotland’s top food and drink businesses and retailers has been recognised at this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards with McCaskie Butchers scooping the prize for Scotch Product of the Year.

People working in every part of the Scottish red meat industry were today (Friday 24th May) urged by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to support forth-coming campaigns and seize every opportunity to communicate the industry’s positive messages.

Scotch Beef PGI has teamed up with Huntly-based Black Bull Scotch Whisky and leading Aberdeen chef Kevin Dalgleish on a recipe that showcases the true spirit of Scotland.

QMS Sheep EBV Guide Cover

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has updated its free guide explaining the use of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to help sheep breeders in Scotland select the right breeding stock for their business.


Trevor Cook with the Ballantynes from Clynelish Farm

How livestock farmers can best profit from a pasture-based system and the benefits technology can bring to rural businesses will be examined at the next Sutherland monitor farm meeting on Tuesday 4 June.

Dennis Overton

Scottish livestock farmers deserve recognition as producers of top-quality food which has earned a global reputation, according to Dennis Overton, Chairman of Scotland Food and Drink.