30th May 2024

Quality Meat Scotland to hold Net Zero Seminar at Scotsheep 2024

Quality Meat Scotland a leading sponsor of Scotsheep, will offer Net Zero Seminars and practical butcher demonstrations at the upcoming event at Aikengall Farm in Dunbar on Wednesday 5 June 2024.

The biennial event, organised by the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association, describes itself as the most important specialist event in the calendar for sheep producers in Scotland and the North of England.

QMS will have Apprentice Butcher of the Year, Marc Ingram, from The Smiddy Butcher in Stirling demonstrating alongside their own Brand Development Manager, Gordon Newlands, to showcase how to create value with half lamb carcasses with two separate 20-minute demonstrations.

Gordon Newlands said: “These practical demonstrations are designed to be interesting and informative both to visiting public and industry partners. They showcase our butchery skills, demonstrating how we can add value to the lamb carcass and ensure maximum efficiency from each one for both profitability and sustainability.”

Emma McGowan, Trade Development Executive at QMS, will be delivering a seminar - Net Zero: an opportunity not a limitation – twice at the one-day event. She’ll be discussing what net zero means, how QMS is working with businesses across the supply chain to achieve it, sustainability of Scotch Lamb and the export market opportunities that exist as a result, as well as practical mitigation measures, many of which are already on-farm today.

Emma McGowan commented: “Scotch Lamb is a highly sustainable product and with many parts of the globe unable to produce the same standard of product to meet demand in their own countries, we have great market opportunity in exports. We will discuss, at the seminar, the areas where QMS is promoting market access and getting a substantial return on investment.”

Aikengall Farm is run by the Hamilton family who have a mixture of tenanted, contract farmed and owned land across six units near Innerwick, Dunbar totalling 5,250 acres. The 1,900 acre Aikengall unit is the family’s home where they run 1,400 Blackface ewes and 900 cows. The Blackie flock is split in two with 700 bred pure and the remainder put to a Bluefaced Leicester ram producing Scotch Mule replacements for another of their units.

The 2024 event will include an extensive trade stand area with over 160 commercial and educational trade stands, 32 sheep breed societies and 11 individual breeder and company trade stands. There will also be a farm tour, sheep dog trials, show and sale of ewe hoggs, fencing and stock-judging.

The QMS team invites visitors to their stand, where they can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, biscuits, and a chat. Find us at Stand 101 in Building 6.

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