Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published Results from the 2011 December Agricultural Survey, covering winter sown crops, hay and silage production, livestock and machinery.
Key trends between 2010 and 2011 December Survey results show:
A decrease in all winter crop areas. Annual production of grass silage/haylage increased by 33,562 tonnes. By contrast there was a decrease in the production of hay of 16,958 tonnes. Total cattle decreased by 32,362 (1.8%) to 1.73 million. The number of breeding sheep decreased by 2% to 2.70 million. The number of lambs decreased by 62,686 (3.8%), in contrast to the 1.7% increase in lambs seen in the 2011 June Census results. The number of pigs decreased by 10.3%. The number of poultry decreased by 4.8%. A decrease in the number of tractors of 1,966.