Hard decisions as farm policy wait drags on

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It is quite a shame that the environmental NGOs did not show at SAC’s beef technical event located at Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland this week to see for themselves how motivated the industry is to take on measures that will help to reduce emissions and improve overall biodiversity.

Groups such as the RSPB and WWF who travelled to Cairnborrow Farm that is set on the banks of the Deveron – who we have been informed are arguing for agri-environment support to far outweigh that for food production – would of been in awe of the picturesque surroundings to include; diverse livestock, broadleaved trees, silage making, outstanding landscape, and for sure plenty of biodiversity.

The turn out for SAC’s beef technical event was at least 150 farmers who listened to experts advise on methane inhibitors, making the best of grass, and the improving of animal health, they were in no doubt that a quick change was needed when policy needs them to comply.

As a bonus, reduced emissions equals efficiency and profitability.


The hosts of the event the Wordie family have joined in as well, however, unlike many others in the industry, they are restocking, breeding calves that will be finished by other producers and taking a risk that the measures they are taking – that have implications for many years down the line – will be compliant with the Brigadoon-like Scottish agricultural policy.


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