The pressing need for certainty, collaboration and respect top the 2019 wish list for Scotland’s red meat industry says the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).

“It’s now two-and-a-half years on from the-Brexit referendum yet our industry is still in urgent need of clarity as we head into the New Year,” said SAMW President, Frank Clark, speaking on behalf of member businesses whose commitment to the country’s red meat sector underpins trading activities worth £2 billion and the direct employment of 3000 workers.

“Our industry desperately needs a return to political and business certainty, a requirement we share, of course, with all the other sectors of the Scottish economy. However, with such clarity currently seeming to be as far away as ever, 2019 looks set to be another extremely challenging year.

“Thankfully, the fundamentals of our industry remain as solid and reliable as ever. They just need to be given the necessary freedom and support to generate meaningful commercial returns, which will also benefit the rural Scottish economy.

“The basic facts are simple enough. Member businesses source high quality beef, lamb and pork from many excellent Scottish farms, run according to the highest possible levels of traditional breeding and finishing standards, with livestock managed in line with the high health and welfare requirement laid down in Quality Meat Scotland’s world leading assurance standards. This is a production and processing supply chain of which we can all be proud.

“Once processed and packaged, our industry’s products are promoted and marketed strongly within Scotland, sold throughout the rest of the UK and exported around the world. This is also a sales chain and global reputation of which was can all be proud.

“Scottish red meat definitely punches above its weight in all these markets and our desire for 2019 is to be given the platform and freedom to build on this success by extending our reach into new markets at home and abroad.

“While the delivery of future political and business clarity ultimately rests with the politicians in Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels, it is encouraging to note that collaboration between the different parts of Scotland’s red meat supply chain has strengthened over the past 12 months. Joint action, for example, has taken place this year that supports the industry’s long-running ambition for an increase in livestock numbers, most recently in relation to clearing the way for more quality beef for be drawn from the Scottish dairy herd.

“In addition, other joint initiatives are in the pipeline for action in 2019, all designed to make Scotland’s red meat sector stronger and fitter for the future, when the political clouds finally clear and we have a sure way forward for our industry and the broader rural economy.

“Another hope for 2019 is that we will see more respect and recognition given to the producers and businesses whose every day efforts have built Scotland’s red meat industry’s status into the global standing that we now enjoy.

“Regrettably the past year has seen a noticeable rise in the amount of attention given to the anti-meat lobby groups, with the quality of our products and the honest commitment of ordinary hard working farmers and processors often being unfairly portrayed. Everyone has a right to make their own lifestyle choices, of course, including whether or not to eat meat.  But what irks us as an industry is when anti-meat lobbyists put forward arguments and so called facts which do not have any independent evidence to underpin their claims.

“That is why we as an industry appreciate and applaud the good work done by Quality Meat Scotland and others who apply sound scientific facts and figures to counter these unfair attacks on our industry. I repeat, we have an industry of which we can all be proud and one which has a strong future.”

UECBV seeks new Secretary General

by Admin on January 1, 2019

UECBV is re-launching its recruitment process to find a successor to the current Secretary General, Jean-Luc Mériaux, who is to retire.
The deadline for application is 10th February 2019.

Tribute: Michael Malone

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 [...]

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Stakeholders focus on beef from the dairy herd

November 12, 2018

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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

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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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