Publication - Statistics

Tenanted Agricultural Land in Scotland 2014

Published: 28 Apr 2015

Latest statistics of agricultural rents and some data on profitability of tenanted farms

Tenanted Agricultural Land in Scotland 2014
1. Main findings

1. Main findings

Total area rented source Table 2

Total area rented

Farm business income 2012/13 source Table 4

Farm business income

Average rent £/ha (real terms) source Table 5

Average rent £/ha (real terms)

In 2014[1] approximately 23 per cent of agricultural land in Scotland was rented on a full tenancy or croft, with 13 per cent seasonally let.

The total area of rented agricultural land has remained broadly constant in recent years, but with a move from longer-term to seasonal lets, and a slight fall in both in 2014.

There was no clear pattern as to whether tenanted farms were more or less profitable than owned farms.

The average rent in 2014/15 was £38 per hectare; £25 per hectare for LFA holdings and £125 per hectare for non-LFA farms. On average, rents increased by six per cent in 2014 (four per cent in real terms), ten per cent for LFA holdings and one per cent for non-LFA.

The trend shows above-inflation increases in rent since 2008.


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