Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is seeking to “better understand” the relationships within the red meat supply chain by commissioning an evaluation and assessment of the economic contribution made by pigmeat, beef and sheepmeat to the Scottish economy.
The organisation, which oversees the promotion of meat on behalf of the Scottish industry, wants to select the key performance indicators considered to be the most effective in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the sector’s supply chain.
A tender document for the evaluation and assessment has already being issued to potential consultants with the deadline of producing an interim report before Christmas this year and a full report by February 28, 2016.
Objectives for the work include the need to:
- Quantify the economic contribution of the red meat supply chain to Scotland’s economy identifying any regional differences that may occur.
- Describe and quantify the linkages between livestock farms and their upstream and downstream suppliers in respect of jobs supported, product flows and economic activity.
- Identify and qualitatively assess where leakages occur resulting in loss of economic contribution to the Scottish economy.
- Describe and qualitatively assess the role of the red meat supply chain in managing the Scottish landscape and supporting the sustainability of the wider rural economy.