The FIRST meeting of a series of new Grazing Groups, set up by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) took place in Aberdeenshire this week at Ahren and Louise Urquhart's Maryfield Farm on the banks of the Dee at Aboyne.
Improved communication between retailers, processors and farmers relating to the types of meat in demand and the specification, is the key to alleviate the current crisis in the beef industry and ensure a sustainable and profitable British Beef industry.
FORESTRY in Scotland is an environmental and economic success story with the industry now displacing some £1bn worth of imports annually contributing to an estimated indirect £1.67bn to Scotland's economy.
A MILD winter, early spring and what appears to be a good summer - so far - have not only put a smile on many farmers' faces but also eased the pressure on feed bills and with cereal crops looking well both in this country and throughout the world, livestock producers can look forward to reduced feed prices in the coming year.
FINISHED BEEF prices throughout the UK and Ireland may well be on a continual downward scale, but the opposite holds true on the other side of the Atlantic where a shortage of supplies and strong domestic and export demand in America, is resulting in record prices.
DESPITE THE closure of Scotland's largest slaughterhouse at Broxden, last year, pig prices and profitability, are at long last heading in the right direction, with the majority of Scottish producers now looking forward to a positive future.