Farming News Daily This is the RSS syndication feed for 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) newsroom - Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. newsroom - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Final Phase of Scotland’s War on BVD Warning: Do you know your Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) status? newsroom - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. BPM (UK) Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 09 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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). Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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). Quality Meat Scotland Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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). newsroom - Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. ABC Limited Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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? newsroom - Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. newsroom - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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). newsroom - Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. newsroom - Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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). Quality Meat Scotland Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. newsroom - Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. newsroom - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. newsroom - Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. BPM (UK) Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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). Quality Meat Scotland Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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). Quality Meat Scotland Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Blue Print Media Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Quality Meat Scotland Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT