About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we work with food and farming businesses to make them more profitable, competitive, and sustainable - working together to shape the future, today. #workingtogether we grow

What we do

Now more than ever, it’s vital for farmers and food and drink businesses to work together more effectively - all of SAOS’s work centres on facilitating this.

Events & Training

Developing staff capability is one of the most effective ways to improve a co-op’s performance. Check out our events and training programme - most of which are open to non co-op members too.


As a development organisation, owned by our members, we provide a range of specialist services not available elsewhere, to assist them in developing their people and their businesses. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

What's New

See below for all the latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS. Find all our latest videos on YouTube at: SAOS - working together in food and farming


With support and funding from the Scottish Government, the CarbonPositive platform is gathering data on a range of activity areas including soil, woodland, water, and renewable energy. The platform will record and demonstrate the positive contribution made by Scottish farms in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon and supporting natural capital.

Together with the James Hutton Institute, SEPA and Forest Research, SAOS is also collating data on carbon sequestration and natural capital to identify the level of environmental assets being managed on-farm at both a national and individual farm level.

The platform will provide the opportunity for the capture of renewable energy and work has already begun on a scoping phase to incorporate further natural capital activities and measures. These will include biodiversity and recreational value; the wellbeing achieved through access to the countryside.

The livestock element of CarbonPositive has evolved into a separate programme called the Livestock Performance Programme. We are collaborating with member co-op, ANM Group, on this work and a Performance Dashboard concept is currently being tested with Farm Profit Programme farmers. This programme will give livestock producers access to a tailored range of data from their herd, for example, calving interval and age at slaughter, and will assist in identifying areas where improved performance and environmental efficiency can be achieved.


CarbonPositive is:

  • An industry platform that will credit farmers as custodians of the land

  • A mechanism to celebrate the contribution farmers make and drive change at farm level

  • An opportunity to educate and engage both farmers and the public in the role agriculture plays in meeting the
    climate change challenge.