High quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has introduced a sequence of ‘Meat the Market‘ workshops for beef and lamb farmers.
The occasions goal to information beef and lamb producers and supply trade information about goal specs for completed animals.
The primary workshop will kick off at 9:30a.m on Tuesday, October 10, and can give attention to cattle. The occasion will final round 4 and a half hours in complete and will probably be held at Highland Meats (Dunbia), Saltcoats, on the West Coast.
Attendees should be over 18 years of age and most have photograph ID to show this, QMS mentioned.
QMS mentioned processing plant excursions will allow visiting farmers to visually grade cattle earlier than slaughter, earlier than seeing the ensuing carcass for later comparability.
Guests can be given steerage on carcass grading of house completed cattle, to assist with figuring out if they’re prepared on the market and to make sure maximised returns.
The audio system on the occasions can be divisional supervisor with Meat and Livestock Industrial Providers Ltd (MLCSL), George Allan, and trade specialist, Adrian Crowe.
They may focus on market specs, buyer necessities, presentation of animals and minimising danger of carcase downgrades.
Head of trade growth at QMS, Bruce McConachie, mentioned: “It is very important current clear animals that match the required processor grade specification for conformation and fats cowl, to make sure that returns might be maximised.
“Seeing livestock graded affords worthwhile perception and suggestions from the abattoirs and should spotlight any points regarding your cattle or lamb well being, that will trigger downgrades or condemnations.”
Farmer Lawrence Martin visited the Bridge of Allan abattoir throughout a Meat the Market workshop.
“Seeing carcasses on the road after grading the animals in lairage was insightful, in consequence, we at the moment are hand grading lambs earlier than weighing these deemed match, it has modified the order wherein we do issues, saving us time,” he mentioned.
“Assembly different farmers at these workshops is as worthwhile as what we be taught from the audio system, I’ll definitely be attending extra of those occasions.”
QMS mentioned extra workshops, together with these specializing in lamb, are deliberate for later dates and can be introduced quickly.