Top industry figures to head Beef Tech 2007

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.

The one-day event, with Clydesdale Bank and Quality Meat Scotland as main sponsors, will be held on the 1,600-acre farm of Sjirk and Thyna Oosterhof at Savoch, Lonmay, on Thursday, 31 May.

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 fur-

ther afield.

The keynote address at the official opening ceremony will

be given by Ian Galloway, chairman of meat processor Scotbeef, supplier to Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and the

Co-op. Scotbeef recently opened a new £17m retail packing plant in Glasgow.

After the opening, one of four seminars taking place at hourly intervals throughout the day will be addressed by Giacinto Fusetti, 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 most years.

He will be joined by Richard Cracknell, managing director of ABP, whose UK meat plants

include one of Scotland's largest at Perth, to discuss: "Scotch beef - a premium product at home and abroad?" 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, which sponsors the seminar programme.