9th September 2021

Year of Beef collaborative gears up to support Scottish beef production

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative (RNCI), working in collaboration with Quality Meat Scotland, are delighted to launch their Year of Beef for the academic year 2021/22 with a short film and calendar of activities.

From September through to June the program will tell the story of beef production in Scotland. From the rugged hills of the Highlands and Islands to the lush grass fields of the lowlands, beef production is woven into our history from the drovers of years ago to the modern-day farm where science and technology have taken Scottish beef production into the 21st century. The Year of Beef collaborative, will develop a range of resources for use in schools starting with the cow and calf story and covering sustainability, grass, careers, butchery, technology and much more over the duration of the academic year.

Every month teachers will be able to access curricular linked content including educational films, activities and links to relevant materials that will provide factual information to encourage further discussion and learning for Scotland’s young people.

Lesley Mason RHET Borders Coordinator said ‘it is great to be working alongside the education team at QMS and have this opportunity to create resources together’.

Carole Brunton, RHET Fife Coordinator highlighted ‘The passion and dedication of Scottish farmers, produces some of the best beef in the world. By following our Year of Beef you can find out more about beef farming in Scotland’.

Jennifer Robertson, QMS Health & Education Manager commented – ‘We have a great relationship and long history of working together with RHET, so accepting the invitation to collaborate on the Year of Beef project was an easy decision. Scotch Beef is an iconic Scottish product, and educators frequently request information about farming and its production, so the planned resources and activities will be an excellent place to direct them.’

Alison Johnston, RNCI Project Manager concludes ‘This is an incredible project to work on, Scottish beef production is crucial to the wider Scottish economy and getting the facts around the fantastic sustainable production in Scotland into schools has never been more important’.

You can find out more about the Year of Beef and register for updates at https://www.rhet.org.uk/what-we-do/year-of-beef

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