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.

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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.

Pig sector strategy

Our knowledge and guidance have helped develop a new strategy for the Scottish pig sector.

SAOS supported the role of the co-ordinator, bringing together all the key pig industry players and stakeholders in Scotland to develop a strategy for the Scottish pig sector.

There are real strengths in the sector that provide a great platform for further growth – close-knit and short supply chains; a strong collaborative culture; pro-active herd health management; an enviable track record in farm assurance and welfare standards; and a state-of-the-art abattoir owned by farmer suppliers. However, there are also significant challenges and the sector has developed its strategy, entitled Provenance and Profit, setting out its roadmap for sustainable growth to 2030. The strategy was published in June 2018 and provides a platform for engagement and development of the sector to grow. Work across the fourteen recommended areas for action is underway.

What was the impact?

The strategy was published in June 2018 and provides a platform for engagement and development of the sector to grow. Work across the fourteen recommended areas for action is underway. 

What did SAOS do?

  • SAOS aided in facilitating the industry discussions and contributed expert advice and input to the development of the strategic document.
  • Through the Market Driven Supply Chains initiative, SAOS has been tackling some of the supply chain infrastructure issues identified.
  • These practical projects aim to drive efficiency and improve the performance of pilot supply chains, from farm to processor, by improving pig quality and utilisation, reducing waste and increasing capacity.
  • Looking together at supply chain operations is enabling all partners to identify improvements to meet customer requirements more effectively, and improve information, flows, offering benefits and savings to all parties.
  • The projects have already resulted in new entrants coming into the pig sector, increasing the supply of pigs available to the participating Scottish processor.