Support to Agriculture

The Rural Policy Centre has produced a number of publications relating to the future of the agricultural industry and, more specifically, to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Follow the links below to read about our work on the topic of Support to Agriculture.

Latest Support to Agriculture work

Scottish Sheep farming post 2015 CAP reforms: Assessing response under payment scenarios (2016)

Sheep at KirktonFor around 70% of 55 Scottish breeding sheep farms sampled, the new CAP reforms are predicted to improve their financial positions, by 2019 compared to 2010/11 figures. In many cases this is as a result of an increase in support payments per hectare of eligible land through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The Voluntary Coupled Support (Sheep) scheme (VCSS) also appears to help improve returns to farms with Region 3 land.

Scottish Dairy farming post 2015 CAP reforms and farmer intentions: Assessing farmer response under changing payment scenarios (2016)

Cows head closeup For Scottish dairy farms, the new CAP reforms will tend to reduce profitability and net margins. However, this is predicted to have little impact on output or structural change within the industry as other factors such as milk price are more important drivers of structural change.

Use of the Welfare Quality® assessment protocol in the Scottish Dairy Industry (2016)

Cows feeding, DumfriesThe Welfare Quality┬« protocol for assessing on-farm animal welfare (the outcome of an EU-funded research project) is impractical to apply in its current form due to the length of time it requires. However, most of the individual welfare measures are valid and practical to apply, suggesting that there is potential for a subset of measures to be used to create a customized assessment system 

Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

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