Farming leaders say the measures required to bring the UK beef industry “back from the brink” rely on supermarkets, meat processors and the food service sector stimulating demand and guaranteeing transparency by putting the country of origin on their labels.
The worst fears for farmers, caught up in a no-deal Brexit, have been heightened by the release of a new industry report showing that such an outcome would cause significant upheaval for Britain’s beef and sheep producers.
The farmers’ union has taken meat promotion into its own hands with the launch of a campaign calling on consumers to eat Scotch Beef.
Meat processors have been accused of trading away the future of the beef industry for pennies.
A new project aims to boost returns for beef producers by improving the accuracy of abattoir carcase grading methods.
Beef farm leaders have issued a series of stark warnings that the sector is in serious trouble that could get even worse unless urgent action is taken to improve producer returns.
A small-scale north Angus beef producer beat off the might of north-east beef finishers to win the coveted Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) rosebowl for the champion in the Kepak McIntosh Donald Best Scotch Steak Competition at the Royal Highland Show.
Any optimism that Westminster would press the EU to provide a bailout for the UK beef industry along the lines of the package agreed for Ireland was dashed at the Royal Highland Show by a visiting Defra minister.
Scotland’s national beef herd is still shrinking and prime beef production is likely to decline next year, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
Scottish meat wholesalers have pledged to be in the vanguard of selling beef to lucrative new markets in China by the end of this year.
The proposals would result in zero-tariff access for 87% of all imports to the UK by value.
NFU Scotland’s secret beef shoppers have given the majority of the country’s supermarkets a vote of confidence for stocking home-reared products, with only a couple of retailers identified as needing to improve their sourcing.
When we think of a meal-time treat, roast beef with all the trimmings, or a tender, juicy steak would be high on the list for many Scots.
North-east meat processor McIntosh Donald was bought over by Kepak in August. Gemma Mackenzie caught up with the site’s new manager to find out about his plans for the future.
Japan has reopened its market to imports of UK beef and lamb.
The latest technology for efficient beef production will be on show at Scotland’s Beef Event.
North-east beef farmers Gary and Angela Christie have upped cow numbers in their suckler herd in readiness for their son Adam joining the business.
Scottish beef enterprise profitability improved last year, according to Quality Meat Scotland.
The number of beef-sired calves registered in the first half of the year was back 2.3%, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
Beef and sheep producers have been told to plan ahead for winter forage and straw supplies to avoid any nasty surprises.
It’s been described as the Rolls-Royce of beef, with its succulent, fat-marbled steaks commanding as much as £600/kg in the world’s fanciest restaurants.
Dingwall and Highland Marts is preparing to host its annual show and sale of bulls next week.
Mr Blackford said the tough winter has highlighted why crofters need more support post-Brexit.
Producing an award-winning, juicy, tasty steak is about as good as it gets in terms of accolades for a beef farmer and last year’s winner of the Tesco Best Scotch Steak Competition is keen to repeat his success.
The long-term viability of beef and sheep farms is questionable in a post-Brexit era, warns farm consultancy firm Andersons.
Manufacturing beef from the UK can at last be exported to Canada after inspectors said the product could be tested to the microbiological standards required by the Canadian authorities.
A new test has been developed to enable farmers and crofters to screen their cattle for liver fluke.
Autumn has arrived, which makes it the perfect season to enjoy Jacob’s Ladder, also known as short rib of beef.
An imported “breed” of cattle known as Stabilisers is quietly making its mark on Scottish beef production.
The modern Aberdeen-Angus can compete on performance with any of the Continental breeds, and the premium for finished cattle makes them more profitable, according to leading finisher Ian Emslie, Little Barras, Laurencekirk.
A low supply of prime cattle on the market and lower carcase weights are boosting farmgate beef prices, according to Quality Meat Scotland.
A Scottish breeder secured the top price of 9,000gn at a select sale of Limousin females in Carlisle.