asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what increase in the number of cows and heifers of beef type has taken place in Scotland since 1943.
The number of cows and heifers in Scotland of beef type increased from 98,916 at 4th June, 1943, to 131,775 at 4th June, 1948. These figures are for cows and heifers in milk or in calf. The numbers of other female cattle, one year old and over, of beef type returned at these dates were 111,679 and 127,505 respectively. June figures for 1949, will not be available for some considerable time but the provisional figure for March, 1949, is 135,000 compared with 96,096 at 4th March, 1943.