HC Deb 24 July 1939 vol 350 cc1009-10
37. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many attested herds there were in Scotland at the last available date; how many of these include cows of the Ayrshire breed; how many such cows are so included; and what counties in Scotland do not have attested herds with Ayrshire cows?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

At the end of June, 1939, there were 1,798 attested herds in Scotland, comprising approxi- mately 110,200 cattle. At the time of entry in the Register of Attested Herds, 1,344 of these herds comprising 91,300 animals were wholly, and a further 128 herds comprising 9,100 animals were mainly, composed of cattle of the Ayrshire breed. Information as to the number of Ayrshire cows in attested herds in Scotland is not available. No attested herds wholly or mainly composed of Ayrshire cattle are located in the counties of Banff, Nairn, Orkney, Sutherland and Zetland.