You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

Scottish cattle numbers fall to lowest since 1950


By Kayleigh Jones


New Scottish Government figures reveal a decrease in cattle numbers

Twitter Facebook
Share This

Scottish cattle numbers fall to lowest since 1950 #beefgb #teamdairy

Cattle numbers in Scotland have fallen to their lowest since 1950, according to figures released by the Scottish Government.


Results from their December Agricultural Survey found that cattle numbers have fallen by 1.4 per cent, to 1.71 million. Beef cattle have decreased by 1.2 per cent and the number of dairy cattle has also dropped, by 0.6 per cent.


These figures reverse the upward trend in cattle numbers, seen in the previous two years’ census.


Regulations and payments


NFU Scotland’s livestock committee chair, Charlie Adam, blames the fall on changes to regulations and payments.

Farm census findings

  • Sheep numbers increased by 1.7 per cent to 5.04 million
  • Pig numbers continue to rise by 11 per cent to 368,000
  • Seven per cent increase in the poultry section
  • 19 per cent rise in the number of broilers
  • Winter-sown crops up to 196,600 hectares

Figures from Scottish Government

He said: “The fact we are at a fifty year low for cattle numbers is very worrying.


"For beef producers, higher costs, tighter carcass specifications and a reduction on the maximum value a carcass can achieve will be having an effect.


“Also, changes to support systems to area-based payments will have seen large reductions for many of the cattle breeders and finishers in the ‘engine room’ where the bulk of our quality cattle are produced.


"There isn’t enough profit, if any, in beef production without support.


"At current levels of support, it will take a lot more than efficiency improvements to change the fortunes of beef production – it needs market prices to rise substantially!”

Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

More News

Area of woodland shut down after problems with sheep worrying - staff verbally abused by dog walkers

An area of woodland will be temporarily shut down in the wake of ongoing issues with sheep worrying.

‘Who is benefitting from this high cream and butter price?’ – NFU calls for greater transparency after Arla price cut

Arla UK has announced a milk price drop price for June ’to re-balance the cash flow’

'There is optimism and confidence in the pig sector' - Welsh initiative looking to grow pig herd

A new initiative to support and develop the pig sector in Wales was launched at the weekend’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival

Hot weather brings bruchid beetle warning for farmers

A surge in temperatures is set to coincide with first pod set in many winter bean crops, creating ideal conditions for bruchid beetle activity.

Farmer fined £1,200 after dead sheep left to rot on his land

A farmer has been fined £1,200 after five dead sheep were found rotting on his land.
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds