Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is in line for a £1.4m increase in funding in 2020, according to chief executive Alan Clarke. The cash boost comes after a final agreement on the ‘lost levy’ issue (on animals reared in Scotland and killed in England) looks set to reach a conclusion. Currently, the levy is collected at the point of slaughter, so the payment for Scottish-reared animals killed in England goes to the AHDB.

Changes to the collection rules within the Westminster Agricultural Bill will see a proportion of the levy returning to the country which reared the animal. This is estimated to be worth £1.4m to the Scottish sector.