Economic Report on Scottish Agriculture 2015

Economic Report on Scottish Agriculture 2015 presenting an overall picture of Scottish agriculture using data from the various agricultural surveys that RESAS manage.

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be interpreted to mean that the statistics: meet identified user needs; are produced, managed and disseminated to high standards; and are explained well.

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For enquiries about this publication please contact:

Neil White,
RESAS, Q Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh. EH11 3XD

Telephone: 0300 244 9715,

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Office of the Chief Statistician, telephone: 0131 244 0442,

How to access background or source data

The data collected for this statistical publication:

☐ are available in more detail through Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics
☐ are available via an alternative route
☒ may be made available on request, subject to consideration of legal and ethical factors. Please contact for further information.
☐ cannot be made available by Scottish Government for further analysis as Scottish Government is not the data controller.

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This is the 2015 edition of the Economic Report on Scottish Agriculture (ERSA) which has been compiled by the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services division (RESAS) in the Scottish Government (SG). It presents an overall picture of Scottish agriculture using data from the various agricultural surveys that RESAS manage.

The format of ERSA brings together related information to create a thematic structure. It gives a geographic and financial overview of the industry, followed by chapters on each of the sectors, labour figures and UK comparisons. The various sections bring together the information on related subjects from three sets of data

  • 2014 June Census and December surveys of farms,
  • the Farm Accounts Survey 2013-14 – which collects statistics from the business accounts of around 500 farms in Scotland,
  • Total Income from Farming 2013 and 2014 – estimates of the output values and associated input costs of Scottish agriculture which underpins the Scottish Agricultural Account which is submitted to the EC every year.

For ease of use by those familiar with previous editions, the statistical tables have remained relatively unchanged since last year and where possible retain their numbering. Additional tables, and more extensive versions of tables in the publication (i.e. containing more years) are also available in spreadsheet format from the following link:

We hope that you find the format of this publication helpful. We are always happy to hear your views on any of our statistics and publications – if you want to contact us, our details are on page ii.

We would also like to thank Scottish farmers for their continuing cooperation with all of our data collections.

Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS)
Scottish Government
June 2015

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Email: Agricultural Statistics

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