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Southwest dairy event to explore future of cows and carbon

Southwest dairy event to explore future of cows and carbon

SAC Consulting hopes to spark discussions on the future of dairy cows and carbon, at an interactive event which will welcome farmers to explore how to reduce the environmental impact of the dairy industry. The event, which will take place at Culscadden Farm on 29...

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Industry flock together for upcoming Love Lamb Week

Industry flock together for upcoming Love Lamb Week

The annual week-long celebration of UK lamb will be returning next month for the eighth year. Love Lamb Week (LLW) will run from 1-7 September, to shine a light on the sustainability of UK sheep production, whilst also reminding consumers of the exceptional taste and...

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Education team strive for top marks this school year

Education team strive for top marks this school year

As the summer holidays draw to a close, the health and education team at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is preparing for another academic year jam-packed with valuable learnings around red meat production and consumption for Scotland’s young people. Returning to schools...

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Global lamb market volatility

Global lamb market volatility

After the Islamic festival of Eid-al-Adha in early July, lamb prices began to show their traditional seasonal decline, according to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). By July 27th and 28th, average selling prices had slipped below the...

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Red meat levy board raises grand sum for rural charity

Red meat levy board raises grand sum for rural charity

Quality Meat Scotland raised £3890 at this year’s Royal Highland Show for agricultural charity, RSABI. Presenting a cheque to the charity, QMS Chief Executive, Sarah Millar, said: “The wellbeing of our farmers is paramount to the success of our industry, and we are so...

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OSR acreage hangs in the balance

OSR acreage hangs in the balance

Earlier this year United Oilseeds forecast the OSR area to increase by 30% in 2022 and while there’s no shortage of enthusiasm for the crop, many growers are waiting for rainfall. With little predicted for the South East, the acreage hangs in the balance. “I need...

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Award-winning Perthshire butcher celebrates another success

Award-winning Perthshire butcher celebrates another success

Gloagburn Farm Shop, Perthshire, has once again been crowned champion of the Scotch Butchers Club Challenge by a panel of international judges, announced today by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). In what was the second contest of its kind, head judge Michael O’Kane from...

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Positivity around pulses

Positivity around pulses

Initial reports suggest winter sown pulse yield have held up, despite the drought Markets are volatile but domestic demand is rising Growers advised to review PGRO variety list in November for new and exciting varieties   Initial reports indicate that, despite...

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Dingwall butcher marks centenary with Quaich Presentation

Dingwall butcher marks centenary with Quaich Presentation

Dingwall-based John M Munro Butchers has been presented with an engraved quaich as it marks its 100-year anniversary of trading. Managing Director Charlie Munro accepted the quaich at the Black Isle Show on Thursday 4th August from Quality Meat Scotland’s Chair, Kate...

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A time to shine for diversified farming businesses

A time to shine for diversified farming businesses

Following the success of the inaugural award in 2021, AgriScot, in partnership with SAC Consulting, has today launched the “AgriScot Diversified Farm of the Year 2022” award. The competition, which is open to any Scottish farm, looks to celebrate businesses which have...

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Volatility of the global beef market

Volatility of the global beef market

As we move into the second half of the year, prime cattle prices in Scotland continue to hold around 10% higher than last year and 18% above the five-year average. However, in inflation-adjusted terms, they are only around 1% higher than last year while still 11%...

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A Royal seal of approval for this year’s Turriff Show

A Royal seal of approval for this year’s Turriff Show

Organisers of the 158th Turriff Show are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal to the highly anticipated event when it returns after two years on Sunday 31st and Monday 1st August 2022. Alan Gaul, President of Turriff District Agricultural...

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Finalists announced for new on-farm sustainability award

Finalists announced for new on-farm sustainability award

• New award from BASF recognises sustainability efforts of UK & Ireland farmers. • The winner will be announced on 28th July 2022, as part of a 20-year celebration of sustainability activity at Rawcliffe Bridge and The Grange • The range of prizes will support...

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Groundswell gets underway

Groundswell gets underway

Day one of the UK’s largest regenerative agriculture show, Groundswell, got underway today, with many of the field’s leading experts discussing a broad range of topics - from food security, supply chains and big data to soils, grazing systems, water management, carbon...

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Farmers unite to showcase British farming

Farmers unite to showcase British farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday was back this weekend, making memories and changing perceptions. Over 250 farms across Britain opened their gates to tens of thousands of visitors on Sunday, showcasing British farming and all it delivers on farming’s annual open day.  Across the...

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Huntly Development Trust seeks café operator for No30

Huntly Development Trust seeks café operator for No30

Huntly Development Trust (HDT), a not-for-profit community organisation, is looking for a likeminded partner, with a track-record in food service, to run its café in No30, the former Cruickshank’s department store. The historic building, which fronts Huntly square,...

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New products from BASF at Focus Fruit 2022

New products from BASF at Focus Fruit 2022

R&D manufacturer, BASF, is previewing two new products for the fruit industry, Revysol® and Nemaslug® 2.0, at this year’s Fruit Focus taking place at NIAB EMR, Kent on 13th July 2022. Revysol® is renowned in the cereal sector for offering highly effective...

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Digestate offers alternative to chemical fertilisers

Digestate offers alternative to chemical fertilisers

As fertiliser prices continue to rise, farmers are encouraged to explore the benefits of spreading digestate on-farm, as a cost-effective and nutritious alternative. SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), has been involved in a six-month project...

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Highland Boundary’s Chelsea Gardens Win Gold and more

Highland Boundary’s Chelsea Gardens Win Gold and more

The two gardens supported by Perthshire gin business, Highland Boundary, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show have both won coveted awards. A Rewilding Britain Landscape, designed by Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt, won Best in Show at Chelsea and a gold medal. The...

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Quality Meat Scotland sizzles with upcoming summer campaign

Quality Meat Scotland sizzles with upcoming summer campaign

As consumer trends change, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is placing a greater focus on targeted marketing than ever before with its forthcoming campaign, pursuing an insight-driven strategy that is aligning with the core values of the target audience, ensuring that...

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Scottish Agronomy appoints new Managing Director

Scottish Agronomy appoints new Managing Director

The board of Scottish Agronomy is delighted to announce the appointment of its new managing director, Adam Christie. With Scottish Agronomy for over 30 years, Mr Christie is the long-standing Trials Manager for the 260-strong farmer cooperative, which offers...

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Highland Boundary Spirits Go Wild at The Chelsea Flower Show

Highland Boundary Spirits Go Wild at The Chelsea Flower Show

Next generation, ethical Scottish distillers Highland Boundary showcases its talent for flavour innovation by supporting two gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Partnering with Jane Porter designer of the “Still Garden” at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show, Highland...

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Scotland’s Farm Business event appoints new agency

Scotland’s Farm Business event appoints new agency

Scotland’s leading Farm Business event, AgriScot, has appointed a new agency to manage their marketing, PR and communications, following an extensive review. Agricultural and rural communications specialists, Jane Craigie Marketing (JCM), was unanimously selected to...

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Cost control – Are your cows milking it?

Cost control – Are your cows milking it?

With soaring input costs threatening the bottom line of many businesses, farmers are reminded that every cow in the milking herd must be able to justify her position. SAC Consulting is encouraging farmers to take a targeted approach to rising fertiliser and feed costs...

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Scottish butchers crowned best in UK

Scottish butchers crowned best in UK

Lanarkshire-based butcher S Collins & Son, has been crowned Butcher Shop of the Year, fending off stiff competition from across the UK, to take home the prestigious national title. The Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards took place at the Farm Shop and Deli Show in...

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Seeing Scotland from the saddle

Seeing Scotland from the saddle

As travellers look for nature-based, sustainable holidays again this year, Scotland’s customised travel experts, Spirit Journeys, introduce three self-guided cycling holidays on some of Scotland’s less biked routes. Spirit Journeys Worldwide has a strong focus on...

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Trust in tech at T1

Trust in tech at T1

After the 2021 season, when following xarvio’s disease and spray window alerts would have further optimised the fungicide programme, Yorkshire grower, Pat Thornton, is turning to the decision support tool to help optimise his 2022 T1 timings. “Last year, I walked the...

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Lights, Camera, Action: QMS searches for The Scotch Farm Factor

Lights, Camera, Action: QMS searches for The Scotch Farm Factor

In line with changing consumer trends and building upon recent and highly successful digital marketing campaigns, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)’s ‘Farm Kid Diaries’ are set to return for a third season after an exciting new makeover. Relaunched as ‘The Scotch Farm...

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Seasonal lift in demand leading to rebound in sheep prices

Seasonal lift in demand leading to rebound in sheep prices

After slipping back in February at Scottish auctions, finished hogg prices recovered through March and opened April at their highest level since the festive period, according to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). In the week to April 6th,...

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Day two of BSAVA Congress delights delegates in Manchester

Day two of BSAVA Congress delights delegates in Manchester

Congress community came together for a second day of science, experience and discussion. While there were many highlights throughout the day, organisers had to use an overflow room at Manchester Central to accommodate the volume of delegates wanting to watch pain...

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New era for BSAVA Congress gets underway in Manchester

New era for BSAVA Congress gets underway in Manchester

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) welcomed veterinary professionals from across the UK and beyond when it threw open the doors at Manchester Central this morning. The organisation’s commitment to its community permeated the event, with wellbeing...

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How hungry is your soil?

How hungry is your soil?

Organisers of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, Linking Environment And Farming, are encouraging farmers to plant their cotton ‘pants’ now to demonstrate to visitors in June the importance of soil management in agriculture, and the role of microorganisms in maintaining its...

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Agronomy Co-op appoints new board members and seeks new MD

Agronomy Co-op appoints new board members and seeks new MD

Scottish Agronomy, Scotland’s leading independent agronomy advisory service, has announced the appointment of two new members to its board. Amy Geddes is a fourth-generation farmer at Wester Braikie Farms near Arbroath. With 320ha of potatoes, barley, winter oilseed...

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Win a trip to France with the BASF Innovation Offer

Win a trip to France with the BASF Innovation Offer

From seeds to baguettes, breeding, growing, milling and exports, 25 growers will have the chance to win a trip to France this November to learn more about the nation’s wheat production, R&D and plant breeding. The trip will commence in Paris where the group will...

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The war in Ukraine and potential red meat market impact

The war in Ukraine and potential red meat market impact

After two years of market volatility caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, some may have hoped for a quieter 2022, characterised by greater certainty.  However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February has led to renewed market turbulence across the red...

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Nutrition sets the scene for lambing success

Nutrition sets the scene for lambing success

Sheep farmers are being urged to prioritise nutrition ahead of lambing, to increase flock productivity and reduce lamb losses. SAC Consulting held three webinars in the run up to the lambing season, featuring advice and experiences from farmers, specialists, and vets...

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Farm of the Future: Journey to Net Zero

Farm of the Future: Journey to Net Zero

The Royal Agricultural Society of England’s report Farm of the Future: Journey to Net Zero was launched today, 8th March, at the Low Carbon Agricultural Show. The report follows a COP26 policy brief that was published by the organisation in October 2021. The Farm of...

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The Crown effect triggers new tourism trail in East Cairngorms

The Crown effect triggers new tourism trail in East Cairngorms

Popular Netflix series, The Crown, has boosted visitor numbers to Scotland’s East Cairngorms, the home to the royal family’s Scottish seat, Balmoral Castle, according to local tourism guides. Ballater Business Association (BBA) and Braemar Tourism Group (BTG) has...

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