Taking Stock

A study of Crofters’ stock clubs

Livestock production on land in crofting tenure has traditionally been extensive sheep and cattle enterprises, with soil type, topography and climate limiting the number of alternatives or the option to intensify the husbandry techniques.

Stock clubs have been in existence for decades in some areas. In some instances they were set up at the same time as crofts were established, which suggests that they have an enduring quality. This study aims to determine whether stock clubs have a role to play in the current agricultural climate, their fit within the crofting regulations, to examine their structure, their benefits and weaknesses and to assess whether they provide a tool which can be employed.

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