Continuing uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, coupled with likely elevated environmental contraints introduced post EU breakup, will make organic farming a more attractive option.

That is the overwhelming viewpoint of Malcolm Taylor, head of land management at Bell Ingram, who believes that the growing evidence of consumer-led demand for organic and ‘superfood’ products will lead to more farmers focussing on organic production.

“There is no secret that organic farming is not for everybody, but with Brexit uncertainty, budget cuts and pressure on inputs, there might be an opportunity for increased organic production," he said.

“There has already been a rapid growth in the establishment of blueberries in Angus, which reflects the interest in so called super fruits and healthy living. I am not advocating a complete swing to alternative production but with careful marketing, it might be that there is an expanding niche for organic production.”

Mr Taylor recently spent two weeks in Minnesota, and explored how other farmers employed different techniques in their areas. Organic sales there rank ninth in the US, with huge growth in the sector which is reflected across the country.

Back across the pond, in the UK, sales of organic foods grew by 7.1% in September.

The growing trend for health foods, coupled with the fact that farmers are likely to have to pay far more attention to environmental issues to qualify for subsidies post-Brexit, mean that many may consider cultivating organic produce.

Water quality rules are likely to become stricter, so a reduction in fertiliser and sprays will make organic production a more attractive option. In addition, good sward management will be the key to profitable cattle and sheep finishing.

Mr Taylor continued: “Cost control is going to be ever more important post-Brexit. We are going to have to be more creative and adventurous, and if organic production grows, who knows what might follow?

“More free-range poultry and pigs, GM crops, minimum tillage for crops? What is clear, is that we can’t do something simply because it’s always been done that way.

“What Brexit has created is the drive for all of us to need to look at what we do and how and why we do it.”