There are 1.73 million cattle in Scotland. About 80% are kept to produce meat (beef cattle), and the rest are kept to produce milk (dairy cattle).
There are over 200 different cattle breeds in the UK. The breed of cattle a farmer has is determined by the type of farm they have.
82% of Scotland is not suitable for growing crops, vegetables or fruit but much of it is perfect for growing grass and feeding cattle and sheep.
The main reason farmers keep sheep in Scotland is because of their meat, not their wool.
There are more than 90 different breeds and crosses of sheep in the UK.
There are around 319,000 pigs in Scotland. The most popular pig breeds in Scotland are Large Whites, Landrace, Red Duroc, White Duroc and Hampshire
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Farmers Andrew and Lauren talk about the cattle, sheep and wild animals that all live at Glenkilrie Farm.
Farmer Andrew talks about how he keeps his animals healthy and procedures he follows to ensure he meets the high standards required to produce Scotch Lamb UK GI and Scotch Beef UK GI.
Farmers Kirsty and Emma talk about their mixed farm in central Scotland and how they use ear tags and passports to ensure the Scotch Lamb and Scotch Beef they produce is fully traceable.
Find out about a year in the life of the cattle and the work involved in farming cattle in Scotland.
Learn about a year in the life of the sheep at this Scottish livestock farm and how they are looked after.
A sheep dog is vital part of team for Scottish sheep farmers – find out how farmer Kirsty trains her dogs.
Let us take you on a journey into what makes Scotch Beef, Lamb and Pork so special, and how we produce such high-quality meat that’s renowned and enjoyed worldwide.