Quality Meat Scotland announces 2015 events

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is encouraging livestock farmers to register for next year’s ‘Sharing Best Practice’ industry development conference, as well as a range of free workshops.

The conference will look at a range of initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and reducing costs for farmers, and will be held on Thursday 12 February at Airth Castle Hotel near Falkirk.

QMS said it will review ways in which efficiency and profitability can be improved across the red meat industry, a key consideration when many producers are faced with reduced support payments.

Farmers from across Scotland will speak at the event including John Scott from Fearn Farm near Tain and Lambing Live 2014 host farmer Hamish Dykes from South Slipperfield, West Lothian. Joining them will be by Stuart Ashworth, QMS’ head of economics services, and Jamie Robertson of Livestock Management Systems.

Johnny Mackey, QMS head of industry development, said: “The 2015 conference programme is full of excellent topics and includes highly-regarded speakers from across Scotland who will share their thoughts about how producers can maximise their productivity and profitability.”

A series of workshops are also being held throughout Scotland over January and February next year, to help farmers develop their farm business plans. They are the final stage of the “Planning for Profit” initiative being run by QMS “to help farmers review their business and determine their future farm policy”.

The organisation said the workshops aim to provide practical training on business planning techniques which support decision-making.

For more information on the project go to www.qmscotland.co.uk/planning-profit

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