Output from the Scottish red meat industry grew 2% during 2004, according to Quality Meat Scotland. Beef production rose 2% to 167,000 tonnes, sheep meat by 3.5% to 30,000 tonnes, while pig meat was unchanged at 58,000 tonnes.
QMS chairman Jim Walker said: “Despite a year of often difficult trading conditions and uncertainty caused by changes to EU support regimes, it is encouraging that the throughput of the industry is up. Beef producers and processors will also look forward to 2005 seeing the reopening of export markets, which are crucial to the sector’s further development.”