The history of Scottish farming can be traced back for hundreds of years. Today, the farming industry is the biggest determinant of Scotland’s landscape, with 75% of Scotland’s land mass used for agricultural production.
Scotland has a rich diversity of breeds, which, over time, have adapted to the somewhat changeable Scottish climate. Each farm in Scotland will choose sheep that perform best in their unique environment, landscape and grazing land. Two breeds dominate the farming mix in Scotland, the Blackface lamb and the Cheviot.
Livestock production has played a key role in Scotland’s social heritage for centuries, with sheep farming remains at the heart of rural communities throughout the country. Scottish livestock farms typically remain in the same family, allowing farming skills to be passed down through generations. This includes invaluable knowledge of the terrain and conditions, as well as animal care skills.
Scotland’s farming has a proud history, and we are continually innovating and striving for excellence to see this continue long into the future.