FINAL RESULTS OF THE 2007 JUNE AGRICULTURAL CENSUS
These final figures indicate that, compared with June 2006:-
- The total number of cattle fell by 37 thousand, or 1.9 per cent, to 1.897 million
- The total number of sheep fell by 137 thousand, or 1.8 per cent, to 7.491 million
- The total number of pigs fell by seven thousand, or 1.5 per cent, to 457 thousand
- The total size of the poultry flock rose by 522 thousand, or 3.8 per cent, to 14.122 million
- The total area of combine harvested crops rose by 6.8 thousand hectares or 1.5 per cent to 445 thousand hectares. Much of this increase was due to a 2.3 per cent increase in the area of spring barley coupled with an increase in the total area of oilseed rape, which rose by 7.7 per cent and in the area of wheat, which rose by 3.0 per cent. The area of spring oats fell by 15.3 per cent to 13.6 thousand hectares.
- The total number of people working either full or part time on agricultural holdings increased by 1.0 per cent to 67.7 thousand. Regular employed staff remained approximately constant at 20 thousand, and there was a rise of 23.8 per cent rise in the number of casual or seasonal staff to 5.6 thousand. The total number of occupiers and spouses working on the holding decreased by 0.8 per cent to 41.8 thousand.
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1. The results relate to the annual June Census of agricultural holdings. Census returns are completed by farmers. The returns provide information on the crops and livestock on the land which is owned or rented on a permanent basis by farmers, and the labour employed. These final results differ from the provisional results (particularly for pigs and poultry) as information for a small number of large holdings was received after the provisional results had been published.
2. These results cover June 2007 returns for main holdings - i.e. holdings above a certain economic or physical threshold. For the remaining holdings (minor holdings) an estimate is included based on the June 2006 Census and previous Censuses. A complete analysis of returns for minor holdings is conducted after the final analysis of the returns from the main holdings in October.
3. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff - more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About