Scotland's Beef Industry Recognised At Beef Event

SCOTLAND - Scotland's beef industry took pride of place in Garmouth, Morayshire, as Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead addressed Scotland's inaugural National Beef Event.
calendar icon 3 June 2011
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Mr Lochhead paid tribute to the quality of Scotland's livestock industry and indicated that one of his early priorities on the rural agenda would be to investigate the feasibility of an independent meat inspection body for Scotland.

He also took the opportunity to pledge his continued support to sheep farmers over the issue of electronic identification.

Speaking at his first major agricultural event since being reappointed, Mr Lochhead said, "It's fantastic to see this premier Beef Event being launched as Scotland deserves our own national showcase given the beef sector's importance.”

Mr Lochhead went on to thank Scottish farmers for their commitment to the £400 million beef production industry and also for producing high standard beef cattle.

"I'm proud of the support we have given to our livestock farmers, who do such valuable work to bolster our rural economy. Together we have achieved a great deal over the past four years, but I am conscious that much more needs to be done to help secure a profitable future for our livestock industry,” he commented.

"I know there are challenges ahead, not least the future of the Common Agricultural Policy and ensuring it delivers for productive agriculture, and the Scottish Government is demanding a greater say in European agricultural negotiations.

"Closer to home, I can confirm I will be making it an early priority to investigate the feasibility of an independent meat inspection body for Scotland, following our manifesto pledge. Details of this are currently being worked up and I will make a further announcement at the Royal Highland Show."

"With such pressures on margins within supply chain, we have a responsibility to investigate all opportunities to make the inspection system more efficient to reduce the cost to farmers and processors."

"This will further contribute to our overall aim of reducing the financial burden on the industry," he concluded.

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