Top industry figures – including a leading Italian meat wholesaler – will
be among an impressive line-up of speakers taking part in a comprehensive
seminar programme at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s
Beef Tech 2007 event next month.
Ian Galloway, chairman of meat processors, Scotbeef Ltd
The one-day event, with Clydesdale Bank and Quality Meat Scotland
as mainline sponsors, will be held on the 1600-acre farm of Sjirk
and Thyna Oosterhof at Savoch, Lonmay, on Thursday, May 31.
More than 100 trade stands, including livestock demonstrations by
10 beef breed societies, have already been booked for the event which
is expected to attract several thousand visitors from throughout
Scotland and further afield.
The keynote address at the official opening ceremony at 11.30am
will be given by Ian Galloway, chairman of meat processors, Scotbeef
Ltd, suppliers to Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op.
Scotbeef operate one of the country’s most modern abattoirs
at Bridge of Allan, Stirling, and recently opened a new £17
million retail packing plant in Glasgow. Mr Galloway is this year’s
president of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.
Immediately following the opening ceremony, one of four seminars
taking place at hourly intervals throughout the day will be addressed
by Giacinto Fusetti, who is president of three Milan-based companies
trading in beef and a leading importer of both beef and lamb from
the UK. He is a regular visitor to Scotland and attends the Scottish
Winter Fair carcase show at Scotbeef’s Bridge of Allan plant
He will be joined by Richard Cracknell, managing director of Larry
Goodman’s ABP Ltd, whose UK meat plants include one of Scotland’s
largest at Perth, to discuss “Scotch beef – a premium
product at home and abroad?” Mr Cracknell was manager of FMC’s
pig plant at Stirling in the 1970’s and is a former president
of the Federation of Fresh Meat Wholesalers (now British Meat Federation)
and an MLC commissioner. This seminar will be chaired by ‘Uel
Morton, chief executive of Quality Meat Scotland.
“We have an outstanding line-up of speakers for all the seminars
which should provide plenty of interest, information and controversy,” said
seminars’ convener, Bryan Chalmers of Allathan Associates,
Turriff, who are sponsors of the seminar programme.
“We are particularly pleased that Mr Fusetti is able to join
us now that we have the opportunity again of exporting beef to the
rest of Europe, including Italy which was such an important market
for Scotland before beef exports were banned in 1996.”
The first seminar, commencing at 10.30am, will look at “A
healthy future for the beef industry?” and will be addressed
by SAC vet, George Caldow, and Pfizer area veterinary manager, Mark
Crawshaw, under the chairmanship of RNAS vice-president, David McClelland,
who is technical manager with one of the event’s key sponsors,
animal feed company, Norvite.
The subject of the first afternoon seminar at 1.00pm is “Practical
steps to profitable beef production” and the speakers will
be SAC’s head of beef and sheep services, Iain Riddell, and
Robert Chapman, West Cockmuir, Strichen, whose Quarryhead beef enterprise
is Quality Meat Scotland’s monitor farm in the North-east.
This session will be chaired by Iain Clark, the Clydesdale Bank’s
senior agricultural business partner based at Thainstone Centre,
The final seminar at 2.00pm, chaired by Brian Pack, chief executive
of ANM Group Ltd, will tackle the subject of “Producer to retailer – linking
the chain”. The speakers will be Aberdeen University agricultural
graduate, Duncan Sinclair, previously head of economics at MLC and
now agricultural manager with the Waitrose supermarket group, and,
Iain Mathers, Wardes, Kintore, who has extensive beef farming interests
throughout Aberdeenshire and is chairman of both meat wholesalers,
Mathers Inverurie Ltd, and the Scottish Council of the National Beef
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