Agriculture has always played a central role in the prosperity of Angus and is estimated to be worth £99.2 million to the Angus economy.
It is also estimated that the salmonid fishery of the South Esk produces about £2-3 million each year for the local economy. There is about £60 million of investment in the forestry sector in Angus every year, which goes into industries including processing wood, timber haulage, manufacturing pulp and general forest management. (See the “Angus Rural Strategy 2007-2012”.)
Economic growth in the forestry sector has, however, been slow, due to investment in forestry being long-term and the market being dominated by low-cost foreign imports. Field sports such as grouse and pheasant shooting, together with deer stalking, provide extra income for landowners in the upper catchment.