Scottish Farming Heritage
A Quality History.
The history of Scottish farming can be traced back as far as 4000 BC. But a much closer history will tell of the felling of trees that used to cover the land to make way for agricultural farmland. Some 75% of Scotland’s land mass is used for agricultural production. This makes the farming industry the single biggest determinant of the landscape that you see in Scotland. Scotland’s farmers, crofters, and growers produce output worth billions of pounds each year. Approximately 70,000 people are directly employed in agriculture.
There are a large number of farms in the Northwest of Scotland, but these tend to be smaller in terms of livestock than farms elsewhere. Sheep farming is predominantly the type of farming in these areas. Beef farming takes place throughout Scotland, but is particularly common in the Northeast and Southwest.
There are many breeds of beef in Scotland, but the famous breeds include the Aberdeen Angus, renowned for its tenderness, flavour and juiciness. The Highland breed with its distinctive long hair and horns is particularly known for its marbling and succulence.
Scottish farming has a proud history and we are proud to be continually innovating are striving for excellence so the future of farming in Scotland can be as good as the past.