Business and Collaboration

Last modified: 
2nd April 2020


Farming is a business and businesses must look to develop and evolve ahead of future challenges. This may require investment in technology or infrastructure; expanding in herd number or acres; or diversifying into different enterprises to make the business more risk averse.

Collaborative working or partnership working – includes a whole spectrum of ways that two or more organisations can work together. It can cover informal networks and alliances, joint delivery of projects or a full merger. Collaborative working can allow resources to be shared, costs reduced, and outputs maximised.

The Monitor Farm Programme has been an example of successful collaborative working between arable and livestock enterprises.

Theme Reports

Borders Mindset Change and Decision Making Theme Report

Lochaber The Impact Of Taking On More Land Theme Report

Sutherland Working in Collaboration Theme Report

Sutherland Drone Theme Report 

Nithsdale - Farmax Monitoring – Theme Report Part 1

Nithsdale - Farmax Monitoring – Theme Report Part 2

Sutherland- Improving Livestock Performance Theme Report 


Brexit and the Scottish red meat trade Stuart Ashworth Director of Economics Services QMS

Co-operation and Influencing Supply Chains - Stephen Young Fergus Younger

Tax aspects associated with running a farming business - Karen Sholes from Scholes Chartered Accountants

Software package 'Farmax" - Emily Grant

Tax and accounting-Margi Campbell from Saffrey Champness

AHDB Monitor Farm Labour & Machinery Reviews- Mary Munro 

All monitor farms are using Farmbench to benchmark their whole farm. Each monitor farm has a business group who are working together using Farmbench to analyse their businesses and identify areas for business improvement.

Role of Drones- Lewis Butlin

New technology in agriculture- David Owen