Skip to main content

Dairy Farmers

Volume 79: debated on Thursday 16 May 1985

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.


asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the number of dairy farmers in the United Kingdom at the present time; what was the number six years ago; and what is his estimate of the number likely to exist in three years' time.

In March 1985, 48,848 milk producers were registered with the milk marketing boards in the United Kingdom. In March 1979 there were 60,808 registered milk producers. No estimates have been made of the number of milk producers in three years' time but it seems likely that the number will continue to decline in line with the long term trends towards greater productivity and efficiency in milk production.