This briefing note focuses on cattle “finishing” times within Scotland’s beef sector. Using the British Cattle Movement Service’s (BCMS) Cattle Tracing System (CTS) data accessed through Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in collaboration with EPIC the authors have extracted data from all animals that were born in Scotland on 2013 that were destined for slaughter in Scotland. This provides a useful baseline to assess the wide range of cattle ‘finishing’ times within Scotland’s beef sector.
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This work was funded under the Scottish Government’s 2016- 2021 Strategic Research Programme through WP 2.4 Rural Industries. We are also grateful for funding through the BBSRC Global Food Security Programme Livestock’s role in food system resilience in remote, upland regions. This work utilises Cattle Tracing System data accessed through the Animal and Plant Health Agency and EPIC to whom we are grateful.