• An industry leader in
    Certification of crops
    for Scottish growers
  • Working with
    Growers & Traders
    to maintain
    highest standards

LRQA maintains farm and quality assurance standards for growers throughout Scotland.

Welcome to the Scottish Quality Crops website

Scotland has taken the lead in the development of farm and quality assurance schemes. With several mechanisms now in place Scottish Quality Crops work closely with the farmer to firmly place Scotland's combinable crops at the premium end of the UK and European markets.

Through farm assurance, Scottish combinable crop growers - in association with their trade partners - are responding positively to increasing consumer awareness about modern food production.

With the Food Safety Act 1990 placing an onus on every sector of the food chain, from production through to consumption, SQC has adopted a whole industry approach representing all sectors of the combinable crop growing, wholesaling and processing industries.

 

INVITATION TO TENDER - SQC

 

Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) will shortly be open to tender applications for the future provision of assessment and certification services for the Scottish Quality Crops assurance scheme.

 

Tender applications will be circulated on 09 May with the closing date for applications set for 10 June 2022.

 

The purpose of this is to appoint a third-party Certification Body (CB) contractor, to provide independent assessment and certification services to its assurance programme. The programme provides reassurance to consumers that a crop has been produced under stringent standards of food safety, environmental protection and good farming practice.  The scope of this tender includes all relevant activities related to the assessment and certification of the schemes including assessment of any new and existing assurance scheme members and continuous development of the SQC assurance schemes. 

 

For further information, please email Teresa.dougall@scottishqualitycrops.co.uk

 

SQC URGE MEMBERS TO BOOK AUDITS EARLY

 

With combine season just around the corner, Scottish Quality Crops are urging members to pre book their audit date early and ensure adequate time for the provision of crop passports.    

 

Andrew Moir, SQC Chairman, said “Planning is vital at this time of year and I know how busy things can get.  Changing weather does not help the situation – when it is good, we all want to be out there, getting the work done.  The assessors want to work with our members to make the organising of your audit as simple as possible and understand that part of this is organising a time that best suits.  However, we all need to work with our certification body and assessors – making sure that there is then adequate boots on the ground when and where needed.  And to do this, a certain element of planning is required.  I would urge all members who will need their passports in the next couple of months to contact LRQA as soon as possible and organise a date.”

 

Andrew also said, “We are working closely with LRQA to streamline the process – meaning that you do not need to wait until contacted by an auditor to set your date.  Why not organise it a time that better suits you?  At SQC, we are working hard to communicate this message widely – to allow everyone to work better together.  To book your audit, you can call LRQA direct on 0131 619 2100 or email sqc-ca@lr.org. Or, if you would prefer to speak directly to the audit planners, their contact details are:

 

SPRAYER OPERATOR DATES 2021-2022

 

Sprayer Operator Dates 2021-2022

DECEMBER

FEBRUARY

Coupar Angus

02-Feb

38337

38339

Forfar

01-Dec

38290

38291

Dunfermline

03-Feb

38340

38341

Keith

02-Dec

38294

38295

Laurencekirk

04-Feb

38343

38344

Perth

03-Dec

38296

38297

Falkirk

07-Feb

38345

38346

Inverurie

06-Dec

38298

38300

Blackford

08-Feb

38347

38348

Cupar

07-Dec

38302

38303

Banchory

09-Feb

38349

38350

Falkirk

08-Dec

38288

38289

Lanark

10-Feb

 

38355

Laurencekirk

10-Dec

38304

38307

Arbroath

16-Feb

38356

 

Coupar Angus

14-Dec

38281

38282

Musselburgh

17-Feb

38357

38358

JANUARY

Inverurie

18-Feb

38359

38360

Cupar

22-Feb

38361

38362

Cupar

06-Jan

38308

38309

Laurencekirk

23-Feb

38363

38364

Coupar Angus

07-Jan

38310

38311

On-Line

25-Feb

38365

38366

On-Line (Dumfries)

10-Jan

 

38312

MAY

Ellon

11-Jan

38313

38314

Musselburgh

25-May

38367

38368

Inverurie

12-Jan

38315

38317

Keith

26-May

38369

38370

Musselburgh

13-Jan

38318

38321

Inverurie

27-May

38371

38372

Laurencekirk

14-Jan

38322

38323

Coupar Angus

30-May

38373

38374

Arbroath

17-Jan

38333

38355

Ellon

31-May

38375

38376

Kelso

19-Jan

38324

38325

JUNE

Berwick

20-Jan

38326

38327

Kelso

01-Jun

38377

38378

Rothbury

21-Jan

38328

 

Cupar

02-Jun

38379

38380

On-Line (Inverness)

24-Jan

38329

38330

Laurencekirk

03-Jun

38381

38382

Cupar

25-Jan

38331

38332

 Falkirk

06-Jun

38382

 

 

Moisture Meter Calibration

Moisture meters must be calibrated as per SQC Standards. This can be undertaken by,

  • Receiving a know moisture sample from your merchant or agent
  • Sending Moisture Meter to a Moisture meter clinic
  • Sending Moisture Meter to the manufacturer for calibration