QMS, Farming for a Better Climate (SAC Consulting) and NFUS had stop six on their pre COP26 farm visits on Tuesday 12th October, visiting NFUS Orkney Chair Steven Sandison’s farm.Farm visits shine a spotlight on Scotland's sustainable food production

These visits aim to highlight the importance of sustainable food production for the country, and the benefits of agriculture to Scotland’s economy.

Local politicians were joined by Sir Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Leader, to hear about how efficient livestock production, soil management, and landscape management were all working together to maintain farming and crofting on Orkney as a key cornerstone of the local economy, whilst also driving down carbon emissions.

The farm visits have been running weekly since Friday 10 September in the run up to COP26, the global climate change summit being hosted in Glasgow between the 1-12 November 2021, with the visits having particular emphasis on the environmental innovation taking place on farm. 

The events have been held in parliamentary regions across Scotland: Central, South of Scotland, Highlands and Islands, North East, West of Scotland, Lothian, and Mid Scotland and Fife. Attendees are meeting local farmers and see first-hand what action they are taking to help tackle climate change in the area. Examples of environmental investment and innovation are demonstrated during each visit, and visitors will have the chance to hear how, as a sector, agriculture will help the country achieve net zero.  

Sarah Millar, Director of Market Intelligence and External Affairs at QMS, added: “QMS is delighted to be working in partnership with NFUS and SAC Consulting on this project, ensuring that our elected decision makers are equipped with the facts around red meat production ahead of COP26 taking place in Glasgow.”