Scottish dairy herd undergoes consolidation

Published 14 July 15

The Scottish dairy herd has undergone consolidation in the first six months of 2015, with average herd size increasing to a record 178 cows. This is because, although the total number of dairy cows in Scotland has increased (to approximately 174,000, the highest level since 2000), the number of farms has decreased (to less than 1,000, the lowest level since records began). The increase in the overall dairy herd indicates Scottish milk production could increase, depending on future yields. The increase in cow numbers is attributed to farmers choosing to expand in previous years when market conditions were good, according to the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association.