2020 brought a world-wide human pandemic that has presented major health challenges to us all. This combined with the associated economic challenges has proven to be a year where the Scottish red meat sector has had to adapt to fast changing developments. No part of the sector has been immune, the impact has been experienced by livestock farmers, processors, auction marts, livestock hauliers, feed merchants, food service providers, butchers, and retailers. New ways of working have had to be been introduced and this has provided opportunities for consumers to reconnect with their food and where it comes from. It’s essential that we support our levy payers to capitalise on these new opportunities over the next few years.
I am writing this after watching an inspiring Groundswell webinar viewed by over 800 people and featuring some of the leaders from the world of regenerative agriculture. I find the principle refreshingly simple – by taking care of the soil, food production will once again flourish. The usual question was asked: can regenerative agriculture feed the world?
Although the Porter name is synonymous with Angus Soft Fruits, few know that Willie Porter’s love of beef stock created a desire to improve the industry. This drive led him to be one of the first farmers to sign up to the Scottish red meat industry’s trailblazing Quality Assurance Scheme which is owned by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a new practical Brexit resource to help farmers and members of the red meat supply chain navigate the changes to their business and prepare as best they can for a no deal or managed exit.
According to the latest market commentary by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the meeting between the UK Prime Minister and EU Commission President on December 9th leading to a further 72-hour extension to trade talks between the UK and EU, has not reduced the uncertainty for Scotland’s sheep farmers and processors.
Released today, Scotland’s Cattle and Sheep Enterprise Profitability report, commissioned by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), identifies the continued correlation between technical performance, sound economic management and lower emissions intensity within the top third of performers in the Scottish livestock industry.