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Friday 24 April 2015

Scotland

Brechin Abattoir Development Well Underway

Construction work is now well underway at Brechin abattoir and is on schedule for completion towards the end of this year, according to Quality Pork Limited (QPL)

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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Scotland

R-Biopharm Rhône ready to seize new opportunities as global feed market continues to grow

As the world market in animal feed continues to grow apace, R-Biopharm Rhône, one of Scotland's most important food safety companies, is poised to ramp up its sales of testing kits, particularly in Asian markets.

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Monday 13 April 2015

Scotland

Final Phase of Scotland’s War on BVD

Warning: Do you know your Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) status?

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Scotland

Golden moment as R-Biopharm Rhône scales the heights with top Investors In People award

R-Biopharm Rhône, one of Scotland's most successful scientific exporters, has joined the elite band of British companies which have achieved the outstanding mark of business excellence, the Gold Investors In People award.

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Monday 09 March 2015

Scotland

Opportunities for Lamb Supply Chain to Spring into Action

Sheep farmers identified a range of opportunities for action at the final meeting of the Borders Lamb Supply Chain Group which was held at Carfraemill.

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Monday 16 February 2015

Scotland

Importance of Embracing PR Opportunities Highlighted By Hamish Dykes

One of the speakers at the QMS "Sharing Best Practice" conference today (12th February) was instantly recognisable to the delegates, having been on their TV screens every evening for a week last March.

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Friday 13 February 2015

Scotland

Efficiency Improvements Will Ensure Bright Future for Scottish Sheep Industry

Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year John Scott shared his thoughts on how productivity and profitability on his farm have been improved, when he spoke to around 140 delegates at the QMS "Sharing Best Practice" conference today (12 February).

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Thursday 29 January 2015

Scotland

Quality Assurance Member Recruitment Drive Launched

A major recruitment drive is being launched this month to increase the membership of Quality Meat Scotland’s quality assurance schemes.

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Monday 26 January 2015

Scotland

Paddock Grazing Project Pays Dividends for Lanarkshire Farmer

Winter rotational paddock grazing of breeding ewes was one of the main discussion topics at the recent Clyde monitor farm meeting, hosted by Andrew Baillie at Carstairs Mains in South Lanarkshire.

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Friday 23 January 2015

Scotland

Keynote speaker unveiled for QMS “Sharing Best Practice” Conference

Justin McCarthy, Editor and Chief Executive of the Irish Farmers Journal, has been unveiled as the headline speaker at the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) “Sharing Best Practice: Inform, Inspire, Innovate” conference on 12th February at Airth Castle, near Falkirk.

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Thursday 22 January 2015

Scotland

Free Farmer Meetings Will Focus on Winter Grazing Strategies and Lamb Production

Trevor Cook, a leading light in the New Zealand sheep world, will be the key speaker at a next round of Grazing Group meetings organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) over the next couple of weeks.

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Wednesday 14 January 2015

Scotland

Understanding Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) – Free workshops

Quality Meat Scotland, in conjunction with SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), is offering commercial beef farmers the opportunity to attend three free workshops on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).

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Monday 12 January 2015

Scotland

Orkney Farm’s Margins Boosted by Monitor Farm Experience

The first NFU Scotland Orkney monitor farm project has been a huge success with well-attended meetings and host farmer, Steven Sandison reporting big improvements to his knowledge and, more importantly, to his margins.

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Friday 05 December 2014

Scotland

Monitor Farm Growth Opportunities Identified

Potential opportunities to further increase the impact of Scotland’s monitor farm programme were among the topics under review during last week’s Monitor Farm Workshop at Dunkeld.

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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Scotland

Planning for Profit Host Farmer Set on Improving Margins

A farmer from Caithness will highlight how he hopes to improve the margins of his business at a free meeting for fellow farmers on his farm on Tuesday 2 December.

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Friday 21 November 2014

Scotland

New £3m grass seed mixing plant opens in Scotland

Grass breeding company DLF-Trifolium has opened a new, state-of-the-art, mixing and distribution centre just outside Edinburgh this week (18 November).

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Wednesday 05 November 2014

Scotland

North East Grazing Group Focus on Managing and Effectively Utilising Grass

“Grass is full of energy and, if it’s managed correctly, it’s as good a feed as anything you will ever get out of a bag.” These were the words of Charlie Morgan, one of the UK’s top grass experts, speaking to farmers at a recent Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing for Growth meeting.

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Thursday 30 October 2014

Scotland

Kuhn to display a range of machinery at Agriscot

The latest Axis fertiliser spreader and PolyLonger hedgecutter will be among the machines being displayed by Kuhn Farm Machinery at this year’s AgriScot show at Ingliston on Wednesday 19th November.

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Monday 27 October 2014

Scotland

Grazing Group Probes the Practicalities of Paddock Grazing

Members of Quality Meat Scotland’s Tayside Grazing Group recently visited Alex Brewster’s upland unit in Perthshire to develop their knowledge of putting a paddock grazing system into practice.

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Scotland

Planning for Profit Farm Visit - Redhouse of Barra

Increasing the kilos of beef, lamb and fruit sold off the farm annually while minimising inputs are the clear-cut priorities of Aberdeenshire farmer David Stephen, based at Redhouse of Barra, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie.

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Friday 26 September 2014

Scotland

Argyllshire Producer Confident Low-Input System Is Adaptable for Future

The benefits of using an efficient, low-input cattle system are the focus of the next Planning for Profit meeting being held at Argyllshire producers Neil and Hazel McCorkindale’s Scammadale farm, just south of Oban on 2 October.

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Friday 19 September 2014

Scotland

Referendum Result and the property market in Scotland

The Scottish electorate made its decision in yesterday’s historic Referendum and voted ‘No’ to the question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’. What does this mean for the Scottish property market?

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Thursday 18 September 2014

Scotland

Clyde Monitor Farmer Reflects on Positive Changes

Over 60 farmers and agricultural industry associates attended the recent Clyde monitor farm open day where monitor farmer Andrew Baillie explained some of the changes implemented over the last 21 months and outlined plans for the future.

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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Scotland

Lantra Scotland’s Agriculture Learner of the Year Award 2015 now open for nominations

Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, environmental and aquaculture industries, is calling on all employers, instructors, tutors, trainers, teachers and mentors working in Scottish agriculture, to put forward their nominations for the Agriculture Learner of the Year Award 2015.

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Friday 05 September 2014

Scotland

Veteran Sheepdog Awarded Title of Scotland’s Top Farm Dog

HRH The Princess Royal has today (September 4th) awarded the title of Scotland’s Top Farm Dog to Bess, a 12-year-old Border Collie.

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Thursday 04 September 2014

Scotland

Veteran Sheepdog Named Scotland’s Top Farm Dog

A 12-year-old Border Collie which is a former Scottish sheepdog trials champion and defied the odds to survive a mystery illness, was today (September 3rd) named Scotland’s Top farm Dog.

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Monday 18 August 2014

Scotland

Forth Monitor Farmers Reaping Rewards of First Eighteen Months

Significant changes made at the Forth monitor farm over the last 18 months were summarised at the recent farm meeting and open day, hosted by the monitor farmers father and son, both Duncan McEwen and their wives, Anne and Rebecca.

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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Scotland

Ayrshire Family Aims to Improve Lamb Productivity and Profitability

Supplying the right product at the right time is critical to the profitability of everyone involved in the lamb supply chain - from the farmer to the supermarket. That is the focus of a meeting to be held at Tom Marshall's Mains of Tig Farm at Ballantrae, Ayrshire, on 19th August.

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Monday 11 August 2014

Scotland

Land reform could compromise Scotland's Glorious 12th

There is clear political support for Land Reform in Scotland, revolving around the redistribution of land and reducing the concentration of Land Ownership. However, as the Glorious 12th takes over Scotland’s grouse moors, let’s take a look at the Scottish field sports industry which generates millions of pounds and provides thousands of jobs every year, the majority of which are in fragile rural communities (see notes).

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Scotland

Unique Glenrock sale offers some of the UK’s best Limousin genetics

Limousin breeders are being offered the opportunity to buy some fantastic pedigree bloodlines in a one-off special sale.

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Friday 08 August 2014

Scotland

Borders Farmers Make Lamb Productivity and Profitability a Priority

A group of Borders farmers recently gathered to discuss the benefits of creep feeding lambs and the current issues relating to producers and processors at the latest meeting of the Borders Lamb Supply Chain Group.

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Thursday 07 August 2014

Scotland

Joint Winners of Food and Farming Journalism Bursary

Two individuals have been announced as joint overall winners of a new Food and Farming Journalism Bursary, developed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in partnership with the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ).

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Monday 04 August 2014

Scotland

August Farm Meetings Focus on Lamb Finishing in Late Summer

The next round of Lamb Supply Chain meetings will take place in August on farms in Ayrshire and Kinross. The visits are part of a series of free workshops and meetings aimed at developing a more competitive and profitable Scottish sheep sector.

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Scotland

Black Pumas make their mark in Scotland

Poultry farmers and agricultural contractors William Pollock & Son are causing quite a stir in the Midlothian region with two Case IH Puma tractors which have been personalised in their own unique livery.

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Thursday 31 July 2014

Scotland

Review Highlights Valuable Role of Monitor Farms Programme in Scotland

An independent review of Scotland’s Monitor Farms Programme has confirmed the farms have been successful in practical and effective knowledge exchange and delivered a positive impact on farm practices and performance.

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Scotland

Student housing in Scotland is a first class attraction for investors

Savills updates its rankings as strong demand for UK student housing sees sharp rise in investment activity.

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Monday 28 July 2014

Scotland

Cairngorms Monitor Farm to Host Open Evening

Cairngorms Monitor Farm is hosting an open evening at Lost Farm, Candacraig Steadings, Strathdon on Wednesday 30 July at 6.30pm.

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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Scotland

Easter Ross Family Aims to Increase Flock Size and Kilos Produced from Grass

The long-term sheep strategy of the host family of the new Easter Ross Grazing Group is to almost double the size of their flock, lower costs and increase the kilos of lamb they produce per hectare.

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Friday 18 July 2014

Scotland

Importance of Good Soil Emphasised at Peebles Monitor Farm

Grassland was the main discussion topic at the recent Peebles monitor farm meeting, hosted by Ed and Kate Rowell, who farm Hundleshope, just south of Peebles. This 1,800 acre (729 ha) unit is one of the network of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) monitor farms throughout Scotland.

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Monday 14 July 2014

Scotland

Borders Farmer Aims to Increase Profitability Through Better Grass Utilisation

Borders farmer Jim Logan has hosted the second in a series of Grazing Groups, set up by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), on his Pirntaton Farm at Fountainhall, Galashiels.

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Thursday 10 July 2014

Scotland

Aboyne Couple Aim to Increase Profitability by Maximising Kilos Produced from Grass

The first meeting of a series of new Grazing Groups, set up by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) took place in Aberdeenshire today (July 9th) at Ahren and Louise Urquhart's Maryfield Farm on the banks of the Dee at Aboyne.

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Friday 04 July 2014

Scotland

Dates announced for Planning for Profit Farm Visits

A series of free farm visits is set to run over the coming months as part of the Planning for Profit initiative.

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Scotland

Just the tonic for Edinburgh - Savills helps bring micro-gin distillery to Edinburgh's West End

Savills Scottish Planning Team has obtained consent for a new micro gin distillery in Edinburgh for the Spencerfield Spirit Company, makers of Edinburgh Gin.

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Wednesday 02 July 2014

Scotland

Mull Farmer Motivated and Inspired By Monitor Farm Experience

The final Isle of Mull monitor farm meeting was attended by more than 50 farmers and associates of the agricultural industry, including a number from the mainland. The meeting was hosted by monitor farmer Iain MacKay who rents Torloisk, on the island’s north west coast. Torloisk was one the most westerly of the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) network of monitor farms located throughout Scotland.

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Tuesday 01 July 2014

Scotland

Scottish Rural and Farming Credit Union could be introduced

A feasibility study is under way for the setting-up a credit union for farming and rural communities in Scotland by the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) working with a number of stakeholders including Glasgow chartered accountants, Alexander Sloan.

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Friday 20 June 2014

Scotland

Launch of New “Scotch” Haggis at Royal Highland Show

A new “Scotch” haggis, produced using Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb as key ingredients, has been launched today (June 19th 2014) at the Royal Highland Show by Campbells Prime Meat.

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Scotland

New Era of “Focus and Drive” for Scottish Livestock Production

A new era for livestock production in Scotland could well be the outcome as trepidation about the impact of CAP reform is steadily replaced by a more focused, driven industry, according to Jim McLaren, Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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Monday 16 June 2014

Scotland

Perthshire Pigs Prepare to Meet Visitors at Royal Highland Show

Pigs from a Perthshire farm are preparing for four days of stardom on the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) stand (avenue O, stand 582) at next week’s Royal Highland Show (June 19th – 22nd).

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Friday 13 June 2014

Scotland

R-Biopharm Rhône leads European drive to detect potentially fatal substances in wine

Scottish science company R-Biopharm Rhône has made a major breakthrough which will help health and food standards authorities identify a potentially harmful antibiotic in wine and foodstuffs in the UK.

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Tuesday 10 June 2014

Scotland

Scottish Cattle Industry Group Makes Benchmarking a Priority

The new Scottish Cattle Industry Group established by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has identified benchmarking as a priority at its first meeting in Stirling.

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