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QMS Conference: In Pursuit of Science and Profit

22 January 2009

SCOTLAND, UK - Science and profit was the agenda of the latest Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Research and Development conference, attended by TheCattleSite staff.

Renowned researchers, scientists and farmers from the length and breadth of the UK gathered in Perth, Scotland, yesterday to hear how the latest QMS research projects will contribute to the efforts of meat producers.

"Profitability is a scarce commodity"
Quality Meat Scotland chairman Donald Bigger

The conference was introduced by Quality Meat Scotland chairman Donald Bigger, who stressed the importance of research and development in this age of global recession. He pointed out that although the volatility of food prices and animal feed was a cause for concern within the industry, the ability to take advantage of this market was there for the taking.

"Profitability is a scarce commodity", he said, adding that farmers must aim to "distribute it up and down the entire chain", in order to liberate it from food price assistance.

Professor Phil Thomas, QMS Board Member, chaired the rest of the conference, introducing Professor Steve Morris to discuss beef and lamb profitability in New Zealand and Professor Geoff Simm, to explain the use of genetics to improve profitability.

The afternoon's presentations included: Feeding for Profits; Return to the Hills; Worming in the Modern Era; Using Science to Improve Product Quality During Processing; Practical Demonstration of Visible and Near Infra-red Spectroscopy; VIA for Predicting Lamb Carcass and Monitoring for Profitability.

Look out for upcoming features on these topics, to be published on TheCattleSite.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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