About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we provide a range of specialist information and development services to help businesses work together more effectively. #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.

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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.

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Sharing Data

Key to our work is a firm belief that farmers should always own their data and be able to negotiate a fair value exchange when sharing that data with others.

Having developed and delivered ScotEID, a world-leading livestock traceability database using industry-owned data, SAOS understands the opportunities offered by this approach.

With the success of ScotEID, Scotland is at the forefront of animal disease management, having replaced expensive, slow and inaccurate trace systems, with one that is secure, reliable and low-cost and in which farmers never give up ownership or control of their own data.