Scottish industry in the spotlight
The latest AHDB Horizon report highlights the risks and opportunities Brexit presents for Scottish farm businesses and the food and drink supply chain.
The report, written in collaboration with QMS and SRUC, explores Scotland’s trading relationships, both internationally and within the UK, the critical importance of agricultural support to its farm businesses and the reliance on EU migrant labour. Currently, an estimated half the workforce in some of Scotland’s abattoirs and meat processing plants are migrant workers. EU migrants also make up a large proportion of official veterinarians.
The question of regulation post-Brexit is also considered, which in Scotland is further complicated by devolution. For those areas that are not reserved to Westminster (eg environmental protection, aspects of food safety and labelling as well as agriculture), there is a prospect in the long-term of some greater divergence between Scotland and other parts of the UK in the absence of common, EU standards and regulations. Any changes to animal welfare regulations would be particularly relevant to the red meat industry.
The report also presents new analysis using Farm Business Survey data to model the impact of the Brexit scenarios from the recent AHDB Horizon report on specific sectors in Scotland. The overall picture for Scottish agriculture under the modelling is broadly similar to England for pigs, but specialist cattle, sheep and dairy farms show some differences.
To read the full report, click here.