Dai - Believe it or not that was the situation between 1940 & 1946.
Farms not producing, or efficient, were taken over by the County Based Agricultural Committees. Tennents were disposed. Owners had thier farms taken over and were paid an assesed equivelent rental.
Let us never forget that Foot and Mouth would not have spread so fast and quickly last year if it had not been for the "3 Card tricks" being played by sheep farmers shifting woolybacks around to fiddle the EU subsidies.