Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948

2In determining whether the manner in which a unit is being farmed is such as aforesaid regard shall be had, but without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of the last foregoing paragraph, to the following:—S

(a)the maintenance of permanent grassland (whether meadow or pasture) properly mown or grazed and in a good state of cultivation and fertility;

(b)the handling or cropping of the arable land, including the treatment of temporary grass, so as to maintain it clean and in a good state of cultivation and fertility;

(c)where the system of farming practised requires the keeping of livestock, the proper stocking of the holding;

(d)the maintenance of an efficient standard of management of livestock;

(e)as regards hill sheep farming in particular:—

(i)the maintenance of a sheep stock of a suitable breed and type in regular ages (so far as is reasonably possible) and the keeping and management thereof in accordance with the recognised practices of hill sheep farming;

(ii)the use of lug, horn or other stock marks for the purpose of determining ownership of stock sheep;

(iii)The regular selection and retention of the best female stock for breeding;

(iv)the regular selection and use of tups possessing the qualities most suitable and desirable for the flock;

(v)the extent to which regular muirburn is made;

(f)the extent to which the necessary steps are being taken—

(i)to secure and maintain the freedom of crops and livestock from disease and from infestation by insects and other pests;

(ii)to exercise systematic control of vermin and of bracken, whins, broom and injurious weeds;

(iii)to protect and preserve crops harvested or in course of being harvested;

(iv)to carry out necessary work of maintenance and repair of the fixed and other equipment.