QMS aims to boost meat production through grassland project

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched a project aimed at utilising grass to increase the kilograms of meat produced per hectare.

The new initiative will see the creation of five grazing groups around Scotland, hosted by farmers who will attend four group meetings each year. The meetings will consist of speeches from experts, performance data analysis and monitoring growth rates.

Johnny Mackey, QMS head of industry development, said: “There is huge potential for efficiencies in red meat production by refining our grassland management; currently only 50-60% of the grass we grow ends up in the rumen.

“Grassland can be a major asset to all sheep and cattle producers and by bringing together groups of enthusiastic, positive farmers, we will have a fantastic opportunity to look at better grass utilisation through improved grazing management, which will, in turn, impact positively on the bottom line.”

There will also be a network of grass measurement stations set up on a range of farm types around the country, providing information to QMS on grass performance.

There will be a QMS grass event on 30 May, the details of which are yet to be announced.

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