About us

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


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

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Smart Rural
Through SmartRural, SAOS has initiated a nationwide project that will help farmers capture and access data to help make better decisions and improve business returns. Conducting business in rural areas is often held back by limited or non-existent digital connectivity.

Through SmartRural’s new digital infrastructure, those living and working in rural areas could benefit from the digital innovations currently only available in cities. SmartRural is a user-owned co-op, whose objective is to deliver connectivity across the whole of rural Scotland, gathering data through a new telecoms infrastructure. As a co-op, the ownership, control and value of the data gathered are all retained by the farmer members who generate it.

The Internet of Things
SmartRural uses the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to transfer data over a network. The IoT refers to network connectivity using objects, sensors and everyday items, such as a gate or a water trough, or a neck collar on a cow. These devices are then enabled to automatically generate and transmit

Using wireless communication that allows IoT devices to communicate over large distances with minimal battery usage also means that the system is also comparatively inexpensive. And it’s not only farmers who could benefit, the possible uses for the system are limited only by our imagination.

For example, to monitor flooding in cattle barns - whether from external sources or broken water pipes, flooding can quickly lead to sodden bedding and animal welfare issues. A simple device could detect uncontrolled or leaking water in a normally dry environment and alert the farmer.

Through SmartRural, gathering data that helps improve your business or simplify daily life is easy, even in the most rural of locations where conventional communication systems cannot reach.

More info
If you’d like to know more about SmartRural or would like to be involved in the project, contact one of the team for help.

Watch our SmartRural Video