Due to a squeeze on resources last year, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) said it had to consolidate its Scotch Lamb marketing campaigns from spring and autumn to autumn-only, but chief executive ‘Uel Morton added that two yearly Scotch Lamb marketing campaigns will now be reinstated in the backdrop of falling incomes.
Speaking at the launch of Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Annual Review 2009/10, Morton added: “And we have been able to introduce an exciting support marketing campaign this autumn, the details of which will be fully revealed when it is launched in mid-September.”
QMS’ Annual Review has shown that, prior to an increase in the levy rate, the organisation’s income during the year ended 31 March 2010 had continued to fall as predicted. During the year QMS received £3.85m of statutory red meat levy, continuing the downward trend of recent years with £3.9m in 2008/09 and £4.2m in 2007/08.
Despite this, QMS chairman Donald Biggar, speaking at the launch, added that an enthusiasm to embrace new technology boded well for the future of the Scottish red meat supply chain, with many examples of technology developed in recent projects being readily adopted by the industry. “The good news is this is making a real difference to both the bottom line and sustainability at a time when our industry’s green credentials are under intense scrutiny,” he said.
Biggar added that the level of commitment to tackling important diseases from Scottish cattle, sheep and pig producers also sends out a positive signal about the future of the industry.