Scots farmers urged to sign up to Brexit roadshows

Scottish farmers are being encouraged to sign up to one of three roadshows designed to help them identify proactive steps they can take to prepare for Brexit.

The AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are joining forces to run three events during February and March.

They will feature expert speakers from each organisation, who will outline the latest thinking on policy, the potential implications and where opportunities might lie for producers.

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The free evening events will begin in the North on 21 February at Thainstone House Hotel, Aberdeenshire, before moving down to Airth Castle, Stirlingshire, on 22 February.

The final event will take place on 8 March in the South West at the Woodland Bay Hotel outside Girvan, South Ayrshire.

Sarah Baker, senior AHDB analyst, said: “We’ll be highlighting some of the main findings from our Horizon series at the events, focusing on our joint report with SRUC and QMS on the implications of Brexit on Scotland.

Proactive steps

“I see our work as a call to action as we know from our research that the top 25% of performers in all sectors, regardless of size, will remain viable in all our post-Brexit scenarios, and there is plenty that farm businesses can do now to mitigate the potential effects of Brexit.”

Douglas Bell, head of industry development at QMS, added: “The current uncertainty can make forward planning seem particularly daunting, but in fact there are lots of proactive steps farmers could be taking in the coming months.

“The meeting will offer an opportunity to explore some of the steps that farmers can take now, to help ensure their businesses are best placed to rise to challenges and take advantage of opportunities.”

The free events are expected to run from 7pm-9.30pm with refreshments provided.

Anyone wishing to attend can contact Sarah Hunter-Argyle on 07391 408 808 or at

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