Perthshire farmer gets surprise visit from Miss UK

A Perthshire beef farmer had some unexpected glamour added to his working day when Miss UK, Katharine Brown paid him a visit ahead of her three week trip to China for Miss International.

Miss Brown, who was also crowned Miss Scotland in 2009/10, visited the farm in her role as Healthy Eating Ambassador for Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

She said she was keen to improve her understanding of Scotch Beef production - and Norman Taylor, who farms with his wife Ann, at West Busby near Methven inPerthshirewas more than happy to assist!

A farm tour included an explanation of cattle management, including feeding and breeding, and the skills required when cows are calving to ensure the newborns get the best start in life.

Miss Brown’s mother was brought up on a farm and, while she now leads a hectic city lifestyle in the west end of Glasgow, she has clearly retained a real interest in farming and the countryside.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever answered so many questions about cattle in quick succession - she’s certainly got plenty of enthusiasm and interest in farming and it was a pleasure to show her what we do,” said Mr Taylor.

“Ann and I wish her all the very best for her trip to China – though I doubt very much she’ll be wearing wellies on the catwalk over the next few weeks!”

Behind the label

Quality Meat Scotland is currently running a “Behind the Label”campaign to help consumers understand more about the people, skills and tradition which are behind the production of Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork and encouraging people to visit www.getbehindthelabel.comfor an opportunity to hear from farmers on line.

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