has 200,000 dairy cows. Over a billion litres of milk are produced
worth more than £230 million.
• 2,000 holdings have dairy cattle. 44% of the holdings
have more than 100 head of cattle. These holdings have around
73% of the total herd.
• Scotland has approximately 9% of the UK dairy herd. The
UK has the third largest dairy herd in the EU after France and
Germany, and the largest average herd size.
50% of dairy cows are bred pure to produce replacement heifers.
The rest are cross-bred with a variety of beef breeds to produce
calves – some of which become breeding cattle in the beef
tend to be concentrated in the south west of the country where
grass growth is conducive to high yields.
85% of Scottish
dairy farms are members of the National Dairy Farm Assured Scheme
(NDFAS) which sets strict standards for farm practices.
from Scotland's cows goes into the milk we drink in our tea and
coffee or have with our morning cereal, the cheese and yoghurts
we have in our fridge as well as many other dairy products.
The learn more about
milk production in Scotland, visit the Milk Development Council
website on www.mdc.org.uk