One in three cattle inspections resulted in a penalty in 2016, figures obtained by Farmers Journal Scotland reveal. One in four sheep inspections resulted in a penalty over the same period.

The penalties range from just 1% of a farm’s Basic Payment to 100% in the most severe cases. A total of 547 cattle inspections took place in 2016, with 29% showing full compliance. Nearly one-third resulted in a warning letter being issued.