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President's Blog - 25 August 2014

Our suckler cow herd underpins a quarter of Scottish farming output and is a cornerstone of the rural economy.We have exported the best beef in the world and provided many of the world’s largest beef producers with their genetics. We can rightly be proud of our national herd but we need to use the beef support package the Cabinet Secretary has offered and the recent Beef 2020 report to build the cattle sector of tomorrow.
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President's Blog 6 August 2014

The Red Tape review, published this week by Brian Pack, has been the most intense and wide ranging audit of regulation, enforcement and the culture of our agencies and auditors ever carried out in the Scottish agricultural sector.The outcomes identified and the recommendations for change mapped out by Brian have the potential to touch every farm, croft and land manager. The impact on day-to-day management could be as significant as CAP reform and turn back the tide of escalating regulation.
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President's Blog 8 July 2014

Not all the numbers are negative even if the pain is very real for the beef sector. The consumer has not walked away from steaks and mince as the consumption trends indicate. Households are in fact spending more on beef but getting a smaller basket.
8 weeks 15 hours - read this blog »

President's Blog - 9 June 2014

In Scotland, with a historic support system still in place, the 2013 Ciolos reform is the biggest change for agriculture since the UK joined the EU.                                                     
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Vice President's Blog - 5 June 2014

The long awaited CAP announcement from Richard Lochhead will appear in less than a weeks’ time.We seem to have been waiting for this for years and now the final frantic throws from all with an interest in the issue are coming thick and fast.  Screaming, ranting, calming, panicking are all part of the landscape - everyone trying to get themselves the best deal with very limited budget.Throw into the mix the fact that nearly all commodities are feeling the pressure of price reductions from processors, retailers and ultimately from consumers.
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President's Blog

The CAP Reform process has meandered through uncertainty for almost three years leaving all involved fatigued and desperate for some final resolution.In the past few weeks, the headlines on coupling have pulled us one way - dashing our hopes for additional coupling - and then raising expectation that a deal may be done.   It is no wonder people are confused and uncertain on what Scotland may be able to do.
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