Structure and Support of the Scottish Beef Sector 2019 – impact of CAP 2015 reforms

SG Thomson*, Andrew P Moxey

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/Report/Policy Brief/Technical BriefCommissioned reportpeer-review

44 Downloads (Pure)


Future funding arrangements for farm support once the UK is no longer under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) remain uncertain, pending UK-government decisions. However, by estimating the share currently allocated to the beef sector, it was possible to use current funding levels as a guide to the budget potentially available to the Beef Climate Suckler Scheme in future years. Data on the level of past funding provided to individual farm businesses with suckler beef cows or dairy cows in 2014 and 2019 was provided to SRUC by SG-RPID and a new methodology developed that utilised Standard Outputs of businesses to allocate CAP support to enterprises. Changes in allocations of CAP support are presented over the 2014-2019 period - during the 5 year transition from Single Farm Payments to the Basic Payment Scheme plus Greening. The changes in the structure of the business are provided using businesses rather than agricultural holdings that other analysis rely on - despite skewing perceptions of the sector.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Scottish Government
Commissioning bodyScottish Government
Number of pages33
Publication statusFirst published - 18 Jan 2021


  • Suckler beef
  • Suckler Beef Climate Group
  • CAP reform
  • CAP payments
  • Standard Outputs
  • June Agricultural Census
  • payment distribution
  • payment envelope
  • new methodology
  • farm business
  • redistribution
  • industry structure


Dive into the research topics of 'Structure and Support of the Scottish Beef Sector 2019 – impact of CAP 2015 reforms'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this