|METRICATION: 100% complete|
|Land area in hectares|
|Sowing rates and crop yields in kilograms per hectare|
|Crop spraying in litres per hectare|
|Livestock weights in kilograms|
|Feedstuffs in kilograms|
|Milk production and wholesale in litres|
The Metrication Board co-ordinated a programme for metrication in agriculture, horticulture, and associated industries. The programme, which was centred on the farming year 1975/76, was devised in consultation with farming organisations and with industries and trades supplying farmers and horticulturists and marketing their products.
The metrication programme was approved by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Ministers responsible for agriculture in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Farming metrication booklet – 1975
Dates central to the metrication programme, were February 1976, when the Annual Farm Review was published in metric, and 4 June 1976 when returns for the Agricultural Census were completed in metric for the first time.
The following table summarises common measurement units used on a typical farm before and after metrication:
|Quantity||Old unit||Metric unit|
|Petrol and diesel oil||gallon||litre|
|Sowing rates for seeds||hundredweight/acre||kg/ha|
|Drill spacing for sowing||inches||cm|
|Crop spraying||gallons per acre||L/ha|
|Crop yields||ton per acre, cwt per acre||tonne per hectare|
|Fertiliser bag sizes||1 cwt||50 kg|
|Feedingstuff bag sizes||½ cwt
|Feeding rates (feedingstuff per unit of milk)||lb per gallon||kg/L
|Feeding standards (feed weight per live weight)||lb/lb||kg/kg|
|Weight gain||lb per day||kg/day|