Tribute: Michael Malone

by Admin on December 7, 2018

Mike will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and worked with him throughout his many years as a deeply committed and loyal member of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers.

One of the founding fathers of the association, his long-standing involvement in our executive board was appreciated by all the presidents he served, each of whom knew they could always count on his support and his wise counsel whenever a difficult or challenging issue arose.

A strong advocate of the quality and integrity of Scotland’s red meat industry, Mike rarely involved himself in the politics of our industry, preferring instead to concentrate on producing a top class product for his customers.

For many years, he was also the reliable supplier of simply the very best beef for our annual conference dinner, a role which we all enjoyed to the full.

He was, in short, a true gentleman of the highest order.

Stakeholders focus on beef from the dairy herd

by Admin on November 12, 2018

Scottish red meat and dairy interests are committed to maximising the potential for beef production from the dairy herd in Scotland. Looking at the opportunities and challenges ahead for the beef sector in Scotland, stakeholders are keen to develop the role that dairy cross beef can play.

NFU Scotland facilitated a recent meeting to consider how the beef sector can fully utilise the potential of the dairy sector.  It involved contributions from Scottish Government officials, the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB); Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS), the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW), beef processors Scotbeef and ABP, the Scottish Dairy Hub and SRUC, demonstrating the importance of collaboration.

The key message was that all are committed to working together to increase the quality and quantity of cattle from both the dairy and beef herds that are being presented for processing in Scotland.

Beef production and processing in Scotland faces challenges including, first and foremost, levels of profitability that are, at best, marginal.  That has seen a decline in overall beef production and processing capacity and risks to critical mass.

All parties agreed that, with the UK only 75 percent self-sufficient in beef, the opportunities are there for both import substitution as well as increasing exports.  That is feasible given the strength of the Scottish brand, backed by the work and reputation of farmers, processors and QMS.

Speaking after the meeting, NFU Scotland Vice President Gary Mitchell said: “The key focus of this meeting was to assess the potential for increased production of quality of beef from the dairy sector to complement beef from the suckler sector.

“There was agreement that dairy has the potential to provide significant numbers of beef bred animals for beef production if the breeding and systems on dairy farms can deliver the right product to rearers, finishers, and processors, while meeting the needs of the final customers.

“The group agreed there is merit in exploring existing supply chain initiatives; assessing the potential in Scotland to develop pilot schemes; assessing breeding, feeding and management systems; considering the potential to develop calf rearing systems with professional expertise and initiatives to streamline efficiency and collaboration.

“The encouraging aspect of this meeting was the acceptance by all, including Scottish Government, that beef production is an iconic sector in Scotland, and that collaboration from all players could build on the important contribution made by beef from our dairy herd.”

Comment on BSE case

October 18, 2018

Martin Morgan, Executive Manager, Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers, said: “Today’s announcement is clearly disappointing for the whole Scottish beef industry. While this one isolated case does not pose any health risks, it returns our international trading status in relation to BSE to controlled risk (CR), the same ranking as already applies in England and [...]

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Four charities share £12000 from SAMW

October 4, 2018

Gift support totalling £12,000 has been presented by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers to four charities, drawing on the proceeds of a fund-raising auction at the Association’s 2018 conference and dinner, held in Glasgow. “Thanks to the generous contributions made by association members and guests, we’re delighted to once again be able to support [...]

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RASBI certificate

October 4, 2018
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Iconic Scotch Beef Supplies Under Threat

July 26, 2018

Beef farming sector writes to Cabinet Secretary Scottish beef industry representatives have written jointly to Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing raising their concerns about the prospects for the Scottish suckler beef herd. Considering the reduction in cattle numbers over the last decade and more, NFU Scotland, the Scottish Beef Association (SBA) and [...]

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Action not words needed to tackle farm output stagnation

June 19, 2018

Tackling the stagnation of Scottish farm productivity needs prompt action, not more words or further industry analysis, says the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). “The Royal Highland Show has often been the launch-pad for new farming initiatives but this week’s event needs instead to be a dynamic launch-pad for decisive and positive action,” said [...]

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Government urged to commit to industry post-Brexit

May 8, 2018

NFU Scotland yesterday met with the SAMW to discuss the need for stability and profitability for the Scottish livestock sector going forward. The meeting followed the SAMW Annual Conference in April at which there was concern over declining livestock numbers in Scotland. With total abattoir throughput in overall decline in recent years, and continued challenges [...]

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2018 Conference – Brexit Now

May 2, 2018
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President targets Brexit and livestock numbers

April 23, 2018

The urgent need for ‘Brexit Now’ certainty and a call for combined government and industry action to reverse the decline in livestock numbers were the dominant issues tackled by SAMW president, Frank Clark, during his address to the Association’s annual conference in Glasgow on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Tell us NOW! Responding to the conference [...]

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