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Beef Herd

Volume 24: debated on Friday 21 May 1982

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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 CowsBeef Cows (million head)
1978 (old basis)3·3881·594
(new basis)3·3921·602


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.