Economic Report on Scottish Agriculture, 2016

Presents an overall picture of Scottish agriculture using data from the various agricultural surveys that RESAS manage.

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This is the 2016 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 manages.

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

  • 2015 June Census and December surveys of farms,
  • the Farm Accounts Survey 2014-15 - which collects statistics from the business accounts of around 500 farms in Scotland,
  • Total Income from Farming 2014 and 2015 - estimates of the output values and associated input costs of Scottish agriculture which underpin the Scottish Agricultural Account, 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. More extensive versions of tables in the publication ( i.e. containing more years) are available in spreadsheet format from the following link:

This year we have three annexes to the publication. As well as the Statistics at a Glance back-page, we have a summary of some of the research projects funded by RESAS, and also an historical look at price-fixing in the 1950s.

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 above.

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 2016



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