Recent movements in the prime pork market highlight the complexity of the red meat industry and how international trade, animal health and consumer demand all interrelate with each other.
All these factors have impacted on the European pig industry over the past few years. Initially, outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe led to a banning of pigmeat imports by Russia in 2014, and heavy culling of the herd in affected areas. Although considered to be illegal by the World Trade Organisation, this restriction still applies.
The countdown is on to discover who will be crowned Chef of the Year 2019 at this year’s Edinburgh Evening News Restaurant Awards. The “Chef of the Year” category, sponsored by Scotch Beef PGI, recognises the flair, skill and creativity demonstrated by top chefs in Edinburgh.
The second annual Edinburgh Restaurant Awards take place at The Principal Hotel in Edinburgh on Monday 13th May 2019 and will feature 14 categories, honouring all that is good about eating out in Scotland’s Capital City.
The intrinsic role of livestock production in Scotland as part of the solution to tackling climate change is being emphasised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
Speaking in response to the Committee on Climate Change report published today (May 2nd, 2019) Alan Clarke, QMS Chief Executive, said it was vital that full recognition was given to the part livestock producers can play in achieving the new emissions targets.
Mr Clarke said the report’s recommendation that Scotland can achieve net-zero emissions by 2045 and has greater potential to remove emissions from its economy than the UK overall, heralds the start of a new chapter in the climate change debate.
The organisations which represent Scotland’s cattle and sheep farmers are backing a move by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to pilot a spot checks visits programme as part of its Cattle and Sheep Quality Assurance Scheme.
With reassurance about the way animals are looked after becoming ever more important to consumers, the spot checks are being introduced to underpin existing measures in place to ensure the public can have confidence in the way animals in the QMS assurance schemes are cared for.