Great turnout for new beef finishing monitor farm

Great turnout for new beef finishing monitor farm

The first meeting of the new Dumfries monitor farm generated major interest and attracted around 150 farmers and industry representatives from all over Scotland, and as far south as Dorset, to Hartbush Farm Amisfield on the outskirts of Dumfries.

The 35th monitor farm is the first farm in the Scotland-wide programme to focus primarily on beef finishing. In another first, two processing companies, Highland Meats and A K Stoddart, will play an integral part in the project. They will work with the Paterson family to look at the production of the cattle and how to source what is required by their customers as well as the producer.

Mark Allan from Highland Meats and John Craig from A K Stoddart, the two processors partners, both reiterated how pleased they were to be involved in this new venture and they hoped that the exchange of ideas, which would result from their involvement, would prove a great opportunity for everyone to collect more information on the supply chain and the way forward for the future.

The next Dumfries monitor farm meeting will be held on 24th January 2013 and anyone interested in attending or seeking further information should contact Judith Hutchison at Smiths Gore on 01387-263066.

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