A new booklet has been launched to encourage younsgsters to take up a career in the Scottish red meat industry.

The “Meaty Careers” booklet from red meat levy body Quality Meat Scotland covers a range of careers from farming and animal health to butchery and processing.

The booklet was launched at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh this week with the help of six Aberdeenshire youngster who are taking part in a pilot rural internship programme run by Ringlink Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and SAOS.

The six 15-17 year olds have just completed two weeks of induction, including a three-day tractor driving course, prior to starting full-time work on farms in the north-east of Scotland tomorrow (Monday 24 June).
 
“The Scottish red meat industry contributes more than £2 billion to Scotland’s economy and supports around 50,000 jobs,” said QMS chairman Jim McLaren.
 
“Scotland produces world-renowned brands – Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork – but the future of these fantastic products depends on the skills, enthusiasm and commitment of those who work in our industry.”

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