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December Agricultural Survey and the Sheep and Goat Annual Inventory


December Sheep and Goat Inventory and Agricultural Survey

  • The December Agricultural Survey is sent to a random sample of holdings, across all types of farms to collect information on rents, winter crops, livestock numbers (including sheep), and machinery.

  • The Sheep and Goat Inventory is sent to all registered sheep and goat keepers to collect details on their sheep and goat numbers.

  • Completion of the survey is a mandatory, legislative requirement, under the Agriculture Act 1947.

  • The sheep and Goat inventory is completed every year, in line with European Council Regulation (EC) 21/2004 and is a mandatory, legislative requirement.

  • Failure to complete and return the Inventory also increases a keeper’s chance of inspection.

2017 Survey – To Save Time Do It Online

Both the Inventory and the Survey are available online (though you can still fill them in on paper if you wish).

The Scottish Government is required by law to conduct the surveys, so it is mandatory for everyone who receives a survey to complete it. Additionally, if you do not complete the inventory, your chances of inspection will increase.

You will receive either an email with a link to the survey and your password details or a form in the post.

To save time the best way to do this is online. If you receive a form by post, it also gives you the web address and your password details, together with guidance notes.

The surveys are located on the ScotEID website and are quick and easy to access.

Do not use your usual ScotEID login details to complete this survey; you need to go to the specific webpage and use the password we provideScotEID cannot issue the emails or the forms.

A specimen copy of the forms and guidance for the sheep and goat inventory and the December Agricultural Survey is available here for your information. Please do not return this specimen copy as we will not be able to process it.

2017 December Agricultural survey 

December Agricultural Survey Specimen Form

December Agricultural Survey Guidance

December Agricultural Survey Q&A

2017 Sheep & Goat Inventory

Sheep and Goat Inventory Specimen Form

Sheep and Goat Inventory Guidance

If you have any queries about this please email us at agricsurveys@gov.scot or phone the Scottish Government on 0300 244 9728.