Carnoustie hosts Farming Scotland Conference

The 12th Conference held last Thursday provided attendees with inspiration and thought provoking debate on a wide range of farming issues.

Entitled ‘Progress to Profit’ and, with a carefully chosen group of speakers, addressed issues of environmental policy, grain markets, mixed farming and the rise of venison production. Prof. Nick Hanley, Environmental Economist at St Andrews University outlined some developing ideas in terms of how agri-environment policies can be improved.

Head of Procurement at Diageo International Supply, Angus Duncan, impressed the audience with the scale of Diageo, both within Scotland and worldwide, while highlighting the company’s commitment to the Scottish agricultural supply chain, as its largest customer, and their desire to ensure that Scotland continues to lead the world drinks industry.

Commercial venison farming currently only represents two per cent of the Scottish venison market, but with demand for venison among consumers increasing by 25 per cent per annum, speaker John Fletcher, deer farmer and vet, emphasised the potential for the Scottish farming industry to meet this demand at the same time giving itself a valuable diversification opportunity. Graeme Davidson, Partner at EQ Accountants LLP and Chairman of the Farming Scotland Conference, said: “Attendees couldn’t fail to take a number of valuable ideas and thoughts back to their own businesses.”