Gordon MP Richard Thomson has paid a visit to Upper Ingliston Farm to see first-hand how the monitor farm project is managed.

The SNP politician met with farmer Duncan Morrison and stockman Alex Clark and representatives of QMS.

Mr Morrison explained that he used a rotation system of grazing to raise grass-fed cattle which almost totally eliminated the need for fertiliser or weedkiller.

This resulted in a wide variety of grasses, clover and wildflowers providing a high-protein diet for his cattle as well as a large population of bees and other insects.

Commenting on the Inverurie visit, QMS Chief Executive Sarah Miller said: “Duncan embodies the principles of the QMS and is one of a number of innovative farmers, working hard to improve the standard and quality of their stock in an environmental and sustainable manner. Scotland is a good social operator – and we export that quality world-wide.”

Commenting on the issues facing Scottish farmers, Richard Thomson MP said: “Scottish farmers are facing a great many challenges post-Brexit and it is important that we do all that we can to support our farming industry.

“They are also the custodians of the land, and we need to be alert to the threats of cheap imports and lower standards.

“The QMS Monitor Farm Management programme provides for the sharing of that experience and expertise to help to help improve the quality and sustainability in all that they do.”