The latest technology for efficient beef production will be on show at Scotland’s Beef Event.
The event, organised by the Scottish Beef Association (SBA), is being hosted at the Milne family’s North Bethelnie Farm, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, on Thursday, May 30.
The Milnes – Robbie and Barbara, and their son James – run a herd of 320 Salers and Salers cross cows across 664 acres.
“North Bethelnie is widely recognised as a well-managed commercial beef farm producing high quality beef cattle and forward stores and with an extensive range of buildings is an ideal venue for Scotland’s leading annual beef event,” said SBA vice-chairman and event chairman David Barron who farms at Nether Aden, Mintlaw.
“We are grateful to the Milne family for kindly agreeing to host this important event for the beef industry in Scotland.”
He said the beef industry was currently experiencing considerable pressures as a result of the unseasonal easing of prime cattle prices and a declining national beef herd, coupled with misguided calls to reduce beef cattle numbers to reduce carbon emissions.
“Scotland’s Beef Event 2019 will address these issues head-on by showcasing the latest technology to help farmers become as efficient as possible and at the same time highlight the importance of grassland in the sequestration of carbon which is never mentioned by scientists when talking about the carbon emissions of cattle,” added Mr Barron.
“Efficient beef production and a reduction in net carbon emissions in to the atmosphere go hand-in-hand and are not mutually exclusive.”
He said features of the upcoming event include a farm tour, a range of technical demonstrations covering all aspects of beef production, a “Beef after Brexit” seminar with a panel of industry experts and a stockjudging competition.