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The next Nithsdale Monitor farm meeting on Thursday 19 July will focus on how technology can be used to increase efficiency on livestock farms.

Andrew and Aileen Marchant, who farm at Clonhie Farm, Penpont near Lockerbie, run 900 breeding ewes, a small herd of 20 Luing cattle and have recently invested in 100 deer hinds on their 300-hectare upland tenanted farm.

The growing trend towards native cattle breeds is confirmed in the latest calf registration figures.

Calf registrations between January and the end of April this year show a decline of 1% across GB as a whole, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

The importance of benchmarking will be emphasised at the coming Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting on Tuesday 10 July.

Past monitor farmer Steven Sanderson, who farms 330 acres on  Orkney, will join the community group at Corskie Farm to share his experiences after he completed a Nuffield Scholarship on benchmarking in beef farming.

The progress of a family farm near Hawick trying to improve its efficiency and profitability as part of a monitor farm programme will be highlighted during an open day they are hosting on Wednesday 11 July.

Whitriggs Farm near Denholm was announced as a monitor farm in December 2016. Eighteen months later and now half way through the three year programme, it is opening its gates to let anyone with an interest in livestock farming learn more about what they have been doing so far to improve the management of their business.

Alan Clarke, Chief Executive of Quality Meat Scotland

A decision to grant a temporary derogation to allow some pigs which would have been processed at Brechin to be processed at a plant south of the border and remain eligible for the Specially Selected Pork brand, has been announced by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Butchers across Scotland are uniting behind a campaign launched today (Wednesday 27th June) which will see them raising money for community defibrillators

The idea behind the “Butchers at the Heart of the Community” initiative, supported by Scottish Craft Butchers, the Scotch Butchers Club and Save a Life Scotland, was started by butcher Pamela Hunter from Hunters of Kinross.

TV presenter Carol Smillie, a keen supporter of the Save a Life Scotland campaign, joined around 30 butchers from throughout Scotland to form a huge heart for photographers at the launch today.

Two teams of young farmers proved unflappable when the heat was on at Saturday’s final of the Scotch Kitchen Country Cook competition at the Royal Highland Show.

Brechin club, represented by Emily Baillie and Jodie Jackson, emerged as the overall winner in the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs national competition.


A stark warning that the Scottish Parliament’s Climate Change Bill could prove disastrous for the Scottish livestock sector has come from Jim McLaren, Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Speaking today (June 21st 2018) at a breakfast reception on the opening morning of the Royal Highland Show, Mr McLaren was absolutely clear that the implications of the proposed Climate Bill and the wider “anti-red meat” agenda greatly exceeds the threat posed to the sector by many other challenges, including Brexit.