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Suckling Cows

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the average net profit on a suckling cow in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, and the estimate for 1979 where the cows were (a) on a less favoured area

GROSS MARGINS FROM SUCKLER COWS IN LOWLAND AND LESS FAVOURED AREAS 1974–75 TO 1978–79 (for real terms base year=1975–76)
LowlandLess Favoured Areas*
Actual terms £/CowReal terms £/CowActual terms£/CowReal terms £/Cow
1974–7537464050
1975–7666666969
1976–77‡988510389
1977–78‡1047811385
1978–79‡1238612386
* Enterprises receiving hill livestock compensatory allowances (previously hill cow subsidies).
† Adjusted according to changes in the United Kingdom index of retail prices.
‡ Breeding livestock appreciation is excluded.

in real terms on specified types of farm in consecutive pairs of years between 1972–73 and 1977–78, the latest year for which figures are available.

and ( b) on lowland farms, in both real and actual terms.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 November 1979, c. 559…: It is not possible to allocate fixed costs to derive net profits from suckler cows. Gross margins which do not take account of fixed costs are given in the table.

Data relating to 1979–80 are not available, but higher feed costs and reduced calf prices are expected to result in substantial reductions in the gross margin per cow in actual and real terms.