Farmers and crofters in Scotland are being reminded to complete their December agricultural survey form, including the annual sheep and goat inventory where applicable.

The survey provides important statistical information about the agricultural sector that can be used by the government, authorities, and the industry to inform decision making on measures which could benefit Scottish agriculture.

It is a legal requirement to complete the form and the Scottish government is warning that not completing the sheep and goat inventory could increase the chance of an inspection.

‘An important source of accurate farm information’

Farmers and crofters should have received their survey forms and can return them by post or respond online.

NFU Scotland policy manager John Armour said:

“The agricultural survey and sheep and goat inventory is an important source of accurate farm information.

We know that a failure to complete the inventory can increase the chance of an inspection and would remind farmers and crofters that the survey is a legal requirement. Most farmers and crofters provide timely and accurate information, demonstrating the sector’s commitment in this area.

“Accurate information can also help ensure that sheep inspections go a bit more smoothly.”

What categories are asked for?

The Scottish government has a set of guidelines about the various categories that sheep and goats fall into:

  • The first category is for ewe lambs born in 2019 that have been put to ram;
  • The second category is for all other lambs ( for example – ram lambs, ewe lambs being kept for breeding in the future, wether lambs, store lambs, fattening lambs);
  • The third category is for all ewes born before 2019 (so including yearlings and anything older) that have been put to ram this winter;
  • The fourth category is for all other sheep (male or female) born before 2019;
  • The final category is for all goats.

These numbers should be provided along with the full CPH number for the location that they are on.