HC Deb 20 May 1981 vol 5 c116W
Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the present estimate of the number of beef cows in Scotland compared with 1970 and 1975; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Younger

The information requested is as follows:

Year Beef Cows (Thousand)
1970 418
1975 550
1980 479

Although beef cow numbers have fallen by 13 per cent. since 1975, they are 15 per cent, above the 1970 level.