Reducing Carbon Footprint

Much of the UK’s agricultural land is marginal grassland, unsuitable for uses other than livestock grazing. Ruminants (like cattle and sheep) are the only species able to transform marginal grasslands, which have few alternative uses, into food.

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Minimising Impact

At a time when the population is still increasing, it is essential that livestock rearing continues, to ensure that land can be used effectively for growing crops and global food security is maintained. Today, cows and sheep raised in the UK account for only 5.7% of the nation’s net emissions – and that figure is constantly reducing. Responsible, strategic livestock farming is a productive industry and, if carried out effectively, emissions can be minimised with meat production maintained.

Playing our part

Animals play a vital role in growing crops effectively and sustainably because animal manure is needed to enrich the soil with nutrients in order to help them grow. Without livestock, we would increase our reliance on chemical fertilisers, which are produced using non-renewable energy, therefore further contributing to the nation’s carbon footprint.

Assurance Schemes

Standards are seen as an increasingly important part of the Cattle & Sheep Assurance Scheme.

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Monitor Farm 2022/26

Transformational change by encouraging innovative and sustainable farming practices

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Journey into the Scotch Difference

Let us take you on a journey into what makes Scotch Beef, Lamb and Pork so special, and how we produce such high-quality meat that’s renowned and enjoyed worldwide.