Farming future is partnership
THE way forward for farming lies in partnership from farm through to consumer, according to Jim Ironside, managing director of Aberdeen-Angus Producers.
Mr Ironside bases his analysis on the successful example of the certified Aberdeen-Angus beef scheme, which his group operates under contract on behalf of the breed society.
He says that by marketing as a group, his organisation has managed to give its farmer members a strong voice in the partnership, without sacrificing their independence.
Aberdeen-Angus producers (Scotland) is planning to merge with its two sister organisations in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland to create a single marketing entity.
Turnover of the combined group is expected to exceed £8 million in the current year, compared to the £6.5m achieved last year by the Scottish group. Retained profit by the Scottish group, after tax, was just under £50,000.
The value of premium negotiated for active members went up by 38% to £837,000 – equivalent to £80 a head, or 20p/kg, for all cattle sold. Members committing all their finished steers and heifers to the group shared an additional bonus of more than £61,000 or £10 a head.
- The Herald 29/03/99 page 20