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Scottish agricultural survey: December 2017

Annual agricultural survey based on data from larger agricultural holdings together with estimates for smaller farms.

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Table 2: Number of cattle, 2007 to 2017

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 % Change between
2016 & 2017
Female Dairy Cattle
Aged 1-2 47,001 46,590 49,312 50,839 51,255 53,652 55,864 56,071 57,068 59,436 56,175 -5.5%
Aged 2 years and over - with offspring 182,764 174,539 169,836 167,753 162,112 162,605 167,386 174,458 177,262 174,676 175,240 0.3%
Aged 2 years and over - without offspring 50,999 49,484 48,684 49,443 48,547 48,113 47,311 49,034 44,327 42,771 42,261 -1.2%
Total 280,764 270,613 267,832 268,035 261,914 264,370 270,561 279,563 278,657 276,883 273,676 -1.2%
Female Beef Cattle
Aged 1-2 215,415 207,710 202,174 192,822 182,636 190,377 184,958 182,685 186,419 180,878 182,320 0.8%
Aged 2 years and over - with offspring 471,440 448,508 451,634 459,701 449,607 431,422 428,504 422,923 424,507 420,917 415,544 -1.3%
Aged 2 years and over - without offspring 80,420 78,914 81,717 82,516 71,489 83,765 72,817 72,565 68,957 69,661 68,468 -1.7%
Total 767,275 735,132 735,525 735,039 703,732 705,564 686,279 678,173 679,883 671,456 666,332 -0.8%
Male Cattle
Aged 1-2 212,637 209,026 205,268 197,404 188,584 189,788 190,483 182,149 185,633 179,136 174,003 -2.9%
Aged 2 years and over 55,787 53,457 56,525 53,873 47,579 49,502 54,183 55,894 51,842 49,627 48,992 -1.3%
Total 268,424 262,483 261,793 251,277 236,163 239,290 244,666 238,043 237,475 228,763 222,995 -2.5%
Calves
Female dairy cattle under 1 48,440 50,421 52,167 52,440 55,005 56,999 56,583 58,948 60,599 57,713 54,924 -4.8%
Female beef cattle under 1 246,857 237,414 226,464 229,106 231,681 223,804 213,856 218,248 218,546 220,548 221,988 0.7%
Male cattle under 1 274,505 269,502 265,548 269,186 269,056 265,415 252,694 257,957 260,937 256,792 254,496 -0.9%
Total 569,802 557,337 544,179 550,732 555,742 546,218 523,133 535,153 540,082 535,053 531,408 -0.7%
Total cattle 1,886,265 1,825,565 1,809,329 1,805,083 1,757,551 1,755,442 1,724,639 1,730,932 1,736,097 1,712,155 1,694,411 -1.0%

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