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Abundance of Upland Provides Sustainable Grazing Sector

26 September 2014

ANALYSIS - Scotland's extensive upland and hill grazing means ruminant production is a sustainable sector, but this does not mean sheep and cattle farmers have it easy.

With 80 per cent of Scotland being classed as upland or hill farming, growing cereals is not an option, explains the Head of Industry Development at Quality Meat Scotland. 

But both Scotland's beef and sheep herd has declined in recent years with weather and tough economic pressures pushing breeding ewe numbers below 3 million and cattle below 500,000 head. 

This is according to Johnny Mackey who told TheSheepSite that the agricultural sector in Scotland is worth £2.1 billion.  

He explains the importance of Scottish hill ground as a breeding area for crossing sheep which can then be put to continental or lowland breeds for the table.

Sarah Mikesell, Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell, Senior Editor

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