A Scottish Sheep Strategy, aiming to improve profitability and efficiency, was launched by Quality Meat Scotland at Scotsheep in Aberdeenshire this week.

The three-year project, which follows on from the successful Highlands and Islands Sheep Strategy, targets commercial sheep production throughout Scotland, with a focus on increasing the use of breeding technologies to improve quality and cut costs.

It represents a 300,000 investment in a package of on-farm training, demonstration projects and research.

Quality Meat Scotland chairman, Donald Biggar, said: “Encouraging more sheep enterprises to make use of breeding technologies such as Performance Recording and Estimated Breeding Values will help accelerate the genetic improvement of the Scottish sheep flock.”