Leading farmer-owned co-operative, the ANM Group, has announced its plans for 2016 at its annual general meeting.
The AGM was held in the Thainstone Exchange at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Tuesday, April 12.
The plans include a grant of £678,000 from the Scottish Government to support a knowledge transfer program in partnership with the Irish Farmers’ Journal, Scotbeef Inverurie abattoir update, a £44,000 reduction in business rates, a new integrated digital auctions/sales solution project with the University of Aberdeen and a contribution of £2,000 towards an educational trip to New Zealand for 20 young farmers from Scotland.
The highlight of the night was the Group’s announcement that it has secured the financial support of the Scottish Government to deliver an ambitious knowledge transfer programme.
This joint project, over a 4-year period, will be led by ANM and the Irish Farmers Journal.
The objective is to improve the technical performance and profitability of livestock farmers in the region through dissemination of best practice, with the vision to lead a livestock revival in the North and North East of Scotland, to be a source of technical information and innovation and to help livestock producers grow and prosper.
The launch event is planned for Monday, May 30 and is open to all interested members, customers and stakeholders.
The new abattoir development, in partnership with Scotbeef Inverurie and part of the wider expansions of the Thainstone Centre by ANM Group, has seen a significant amount of work taking place over the past 12 months.
The current expectation is that this will be finalised ready to commence construction in line with the completion of the Thainstone infrastructure works.
Following the very successful BBC programme ‘The Mart’, the Group has also agreed with BBC Scotland to film a second series, with filming due to commence in May.