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Dairy Herd Conversion

Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many dairy farmers in Cornwall have taken up the EEC dairy herd conversion scheme; how many cows are involved; and what percentage this represents of the total number of dairy herds in the county.

The latest return shows that 190 applications from dairy farmers in Cornwall have been approved involving 5,341 dairy cows. This represents a little less than 5 per cent. of dairy herds and less than 2 per cent. of dairy cows in cornwall at the outset of the scheme.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the estimated cost of the incentives paid to established milk producers to switch to beef production to 31st December 1974.

Under the Dairy Herd Conversion Scheme £9·1 million, representing a first instalment of grant equal to one-half of the total amount, had been paid to United Kingdom milk producers by 31st December 1974. 50 per cent. of this is recoverable from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.