This Research Briefing reports the results of recent analysis of the Scottish beef sector, with the aim of deriving an index of sustainable intensification. The analysis is based on a panel of 42 Scottish beef farmers over the period 2001-2010 using data from the Farm Account Survey.
The analysis reveals that the index has remained relatively static throughout the period, although there was some change in the middle of the decade, possibly resulting from changes in support payments. The stasis in terms of meeting sustainability and intensification goals may cause some concern amongst policy-makers as they seek to increase the value of production to meet rising demand in export markets but also to meet sustainability goals. The index proposed provides a cost-effective method for deriving indicators of growth which consider these multi-dimensional aspects.
Download the Research Briefing
An Index of Sustainable Intensification: Evidence from the Scottish LFA Beef Sector