The Impact of Extreme Weather on Scottish Agriculture 2017/18

The aim of this study was to estimate the economic cost (to farmers and insurers) of the extreme weather events affecting Scottish farmers during 2017-2018.

A snow storm nicknamed ‘The Beast from the East’ hit Scotland during March 2018

The project deliverables covered:

  • The costs of livestock losses (mainly lambs)
  • The cost of losses to cereal and oilseed rape, and vegetable producers;
  • The cost of milk losses (insurance claims);
  • The cost of loans to cover livestock feed shortages;
  • The impact on the supply chain and food processing and manufacturing sectors especially brewing and distilling;
  • An assessment of which Scottish farm sectors that were most impacted or could be in future.

Client’s feedback:

“Jonathan is great to work with and very skilled for the agricultural economics, climate change and production for which we’ve needed him.”

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