Scottish Agricultural Census - provisional results: June 2020

Provisional results from the 2020 June Agricultural Census on land use, crop areas, livestock and the number of people working on agricultural holdings.

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Most of Scotland’s land area is used for agriculture

A map showing land quality in Scotland. Most land has limited growing conditions.

Agricultural area: 5.67 million hectares

Orange areas have limited growing conditions, usually hilly or rocky land suitable for livestock.

Light green areas have better soil and can support crops usually grown for animal feed.

Dark green areas can support vegetables, fruit and cereal farming for human consumption.

This map shows the main farming types found in each area.

Hectares (ha) is the land measurement used in agriculture. One hectare, or 10,000 square metres, is roughly the full size of a rugby pitch.



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