Farms in Ayrshire - numbers, types and income: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested


You asked for the total number of farms in Ayrshire and a breakdown of the farm types. ie- beef/ dairy/ sheep/arable etc. And the total income from farming in Ayrshire.




1. Below is a copy of the farm numbers/type information you requested.
Number of holdings by farm type in mainland Ayrshire for 2016 and 2018
Source : June agricultural census

Farm Type 2016 2018
Specialist cereals 30 28
General cropping 14 20
Specialist horticulture & permanent crops 20 28
Secpialist pigs 9 6
Specialist poultry 61 56
Specialist dairy 163 184
LFA cattle & sheep 865 813
Non-LFA cattle & sheep 204 162
Mixed holdings 246 309
General cropping; forage 1,105 1,109
Unclassified 80 92
All 2,797 2,810

Statistics prepared by Scottish Government RESAS Statistics (Agriculture)
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2. Total Income from Farming in Ayrshire in 2016 was estimated at £40 million. The Total Income from Farming in Ayrshire for 2018 was estimated at £29 million.

Further information on Total Income from Farming can be found here:

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