Scottish sheep flock continues to recover
After the "Beast from the East" in 2018, the total number of sheep continued to recover, increasing by one per cent to 6.72 million sheep. This is slightly below the ten-year average.
The number of ewes and other sheep has remained relatively stable over the past ten years. The number of lambs has been more volatile.
Number of sheep
As the "Beast from the East" snow storm hit Scotland during the lambing season 2018, many new born lambs were unable to survive the harsh weather conditions.
A favourable lambing season saw lamb numbers continue to increase, by two per cent to 3.32 million lambs. However, current numbers are still two per cent lower than they were in 2017.
Number of poultry
Poultry numbers decreased over the past year. There were an estimated 14.4 million poultry birds, a drop of four per cent. This decline in numbers is due to a 13 per cent drop in birds for egg production, to 6.2 million. The number of birds for meat production increased by eight per cent, to 6.7 million.
Number of pigs
There were around 338 thousand pigs, a rise of six per cent. This number is only slightly below the ten-year average. The increase may be due to an increase in pig prices, partly due to world supply being impacted by swine flu.
14,100 farmed deer