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New figures shine light on farm structure and methods

Scottish Government released figures this week that provide details of farming practices and labour across Scotland. The 2013 survey was undertaken on a sample of around 13,600 holdings, drawn from the 33,000 holdings within the remit of the Farm Structure Survey and returns were received from 9,400 holdings. Some headline results include the following:

  • Ninety per cent of holdings were managed by the occupier or member of their family, with the remaining run by a manager.
  • The legal and financial responsibility for holdings lay in an institution (e.g. limited company, church, estate) for four per cent of holdings.
  • Eighty-five per cent of those managing farms (occupiers or managers) were male. Thirty-one per cent were aged over 65, with a further 27 per cent 55 or over. Three per cent were aged under 35.
  • One in six of those managing farms had completed a full agricultural training course of two years or more.
  • Only a third of occupiers reported they worked full-time on the holding, with over a half reporting they worked less than 50 per cent of the time.

To access the results see:


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