About us

SAOS was established in 1905 to strengthen the profitability and effectiveness of Scotland’s farming and rural businesses through co-operation.

What we do

We are Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration. We provide a range of specialist information, development and consultancy services.


We are a development organisation owned by our members. We provide a range of specialist services that our members have requested, that are not available elsewhere. Discover how we can help you.

Scottish farmers produce quality beef and lamb from the grass and rough grazing which make up around 80% of Scotland’s agricultural land which is not suitable for cereal, fruit or vegetable production.

Scotland’s grassland acts as a carbon sink and grazing animals provide habitats for wildlife and help to maintain the landscape.

How do we help?

Our CarbonPositive project is looking at gathering and using data in new ways.


SAOS’s CarbonPositive initiative aims to demonstrate the positive side of the carbon ‘balance sheet’ for the farming industry in Scotland. Through a greater understanding of agriculture and climate change, we are working to drive positive change and to position farmers as a key part of the climate change solution.

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