asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what has been the decrease in numbers in the national beef herd in each of the last six years.
About two-thirds of our beef supplies come from the dairy herd, and one-third from the beef herd. Figures for the United Kingdom herds, based on the respective December censuses, are as follows:
|Dairy Cows||Beef Cows (million head)|
|1978 (old basis)||3·388||1·594|
From 1978 the coverage of the published census results was changed to include very small holdings, but this had only a slight effect on the figures.