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Economic report on Scottish agriculture

Detailed analysis of agriculture in Scotland, published this week, paints a positive picture of the sector.

Among the points highlighted in today's statistics are:

Total income from farming has increased over the past 10 years by £240 million (67%) Average farm business income increased by 32% – from £34,000 in 2009/10 to £45,000 in 2010/11 Scotland has 18% of the total UK cattle population, 21% of the UK sheep and 9%of the UK's pigs

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said the more detailed figures would prove invaluable in the ongoing Common Agricultural Policy reform negotiations.

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