There are those who, in pursuit of their political agendas or opportunities for funding, decry the economic contribution that the red meat sector makes to the Scottish economy. Such persons would prefer that Scottish agricultural production be turned off in most of the country in favour of environmental and recreation programmes (2).
Professor Doyles report shows that in fact the red meat sector does make an important positive contribution to the Scottish economy. Not only that but the livestock industry in Scotland is one of the Nations flagships in terms of producing a quality product. In terms of beef production Scotland is a leader within Europe not only in quality but also in quantity (3).
Furthermore, the livestock industry in Scotland is responsible for much of the care and character of Scotlands landscape on account of its farmers.
Land-Care totally dismisses the following statement by Dr Bob Aitken, Scottish Countryside Activities Council (2) as arrogant self-seeking nonsense
Land-Care deprecates the attempts of certain academics and others who wish to take control of much of Scotlands land to convert it into a playground (e.g. SCAC), or exert excessive control over what they (e.g. SNH) consider to be the important environmental issues (4). The reality is that the organisations who advocate such excesses have little knowledge, experience or competence regarding land management. Nor do they acknowledge that the high standard of Scotlands landscape, much admired throughout the world, has been in substantial part achieved by the dedication of generations of farmers.
1. Estimated Contribution of the
Red Meat Sector to the Scottish Economy. Report Prepared by Professor
Chris Doyle of Larch Research Ltd for Quality Meat Scotland. Version
2, May 2003.
2. Irvine, James (2003). The Arrogance
of Academics pontificating about Rural Affairs. Are they letting
4. PEOPLE TOO response to Amendments
to the Conservation Regulations.