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Dairy Farming

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average (a) dairy and (b) beef herd size is in (i) Great Britain, (ii) England, (iii) Wales and (iv) each county. (126161)

The average size of dairy and beef herds in England at June 2006 is shown in table 1. County data can be found in table 2. Figures for the other UK countries fall under the jurisdiction of the individual devolved authorities.

Table 1—England

Number

(a) Total dairy cows

129,0231

Total holdings with dairy cows

14,772

Average herd size for dairy cows

87

(b) Total beef cows

73,9046

Total holdings with beef cows

28,293

Average herd size for beef cows

26

Notes:

1. Dairy/beef cows are any cows or heifers that have calved including cull cows. Dairy and beef herd replacements are not included nor are cattle intended for slaughter.

2. Some holdings may have both dairy and beef cows and will therefore be included in the holding counts of both categories

Source:

June Agricultural Survey

Table 2—Dairy and beef cows and holdings by county in England

(a)

(b)

County/unitary authority

Total dairy cows

Hdgs with dairy cows

Average dairy herd size

Total beef cows

Hdgs with beef cows

Average beef herd size

Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees

862

36

24

South Teesside

1,251

24

52

1,643

53

31

Darlington

1,293

15

87

1,304

55

24

Durham CC

6,973

123

57

21,358

682

31

Northumberland

7,758

102

76

46,825

882

53

Tyneside

1,223

36

34

Sunderland

0

0

0

271

10

27

North East Region

18,558

281

66

73,487

1,753

42

West Cumbria

39,870

468

85

21,509

753

29

East Cumbria

68,768

809

85

38,727

1,338

29

Halton and Warrington

344

19

18

Cheshire CC

99,665

880

113

9,055

520

17

Greater Manchester South

1,463

24

62

1,392

73

19

Greater Manchester North

5,650

87

65

3,846

210

18

Blackburn with Darwen

1,238

22

56

802

43

19

Blackpool

0

0

0

Lancashire CC

71,834

849

85

17,240

820

21

East Merseyside

566

14

40

Liverpool

0

0

0

Sefton

Wirral

1,905

15

126

210

13

16

North West Region

291,898

3,173

92

94,041

3,811

25

Kingston upon Hull, City of

East Riding of Yorkshire

5,540

87

63

10,399

351

30

North and North East Lincolnshire

2,315

100

23

York

1,180

18

67

North Yorkshire CC

73,970

965

77

51,208

1,853

28

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham

6,879

92

74

3,978

184

22

Sheffield

2,076

34

62

2,031

74

27

Bradford

3,866

58

67

3,301

159

21

Leeds

2,263

31

73

2,657

106

25

Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield

8,633

130

66

8,724

443

20

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

104,966

1,430

73

85,857

3,325

26

Derby

East Derbyshire

4,941

96

52

2,801

156

18

South and West Derbyshire

40,277

529

76

20,634

828

25

Nottingham

0

0

0

North Nottinghamshire

5,676

62

91

4,053

172

24

South Nottinghamshire

4,378

47

93

2,060

104

20

Leicester

Leicestershire CC and Rutland

25,510

282

90

14,770

583

25

Northamptonshire

6,500

82

79

12,431

380

33

Lincolnshire

7,783

99

79

18,744

581

32

East Midlands Region

95,603

1,203

79

75,649

2,813

27

Herefordshire, County of

17,582

228

77

20,633

852

24

Worcestershire

14,100

177

80

8,553

469

18

Warwickshire

12,561

184

68

8,818

390

23

Telford and Wrekin

4,028

38

107

1,029

45

23

Shropshire CC

70,042

730

96

28,632

1,123

25

Stoke-on-Trent

818

14

57

414

14

30

Staffordshire CC

75,536

869

87

19,004

1,004

19

Birmingham

Solihull

1,487

17

87

1,054

42

25

Coventry

362

10

36

Dudley and Sandwell

185

5

40

Walsall and Wolverhampton

0

0

0

224

11

21

West Midlands Region

196,694

2,269

87

88,896

3,968

22

Peterborough

Cambridgeshire CC

1,566

29

55

5,464

196

28

Norfolk

11,137

146

76

18,587

547

34

Suffolk

4,977

91

55

7,646

329

23

Luton

0

0

0

Bedfordshire CC

1,744

25

69

2,131

114

19

Hertfordshire

2,269

38

59

3,975

150

27

Southend-on-Sea

0

0

0

0

0

0

Thurrock

579

16

37

Essex CC

4,401

56

78

5,248

235

22

Eastern Region

26,370

392

67

43,926

1,602

27

Inner London—West

0

0

0

0

0

0

Inner London—East

Outer London—East and North East

254

8

32

Outer London—South

152

10

15

Outer London—West and North West

669

7

90

219

11

20

Berkshire

5368

44

121

3,707

135

28

Milton Keynes

667

8

80

600

33

18

Buckinghamshire CC

8,841

96

92

11,015

323

34

Oxfordshire

10,799

118

92

11,239

361

31

Brighton and Hove

East Sussex CC

8,842

113

78

9,750

428

23

Surrey

7,101

77

92

5,070

211

24

West Sussex

14,508

130

112

8,191

284

29

Portsmouth

Southampton

Hampshire CC

20,221

198

102

12,420

531

23

Isle of Wight

3,546

44

80

2,275

98

23

Medway

0

0

0

558

6

93

Kent CC

10,850

120

91

11,270

479

24

South East Region (inc. London)

91,962

963

95

77,077

2,925

26

Bristol, City of

55

5

11

North and North East Somerset, South Gl

26,139

279

94

7,487

396

19

Gloucestershire

28,877

321

90

15,820

665

24

Swindon

2,781

30

92

477

28

17

Wiltshire CC

42,345

401

106

18,136

545

33

Bournemouth and Poole

73

7

11

Dorset CC

64,013

564

113

13,519

600

23

Somerset

94,487

918

103

30,346

1,205

25

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

73,919

956

77

44,497

1,829

24

Plymouth

0

0

0

298

6

50

Torbay

330

10

34

Devon CC

131,101

1,584

83

69,075

2,801

25

South West Region

464,180

5,060

92

200,112

8,096

25

England

1,290,231

14,772

87

739,046

28,293

26

Notes:

1. Dairy/beef cows are any cows or heifers that have calved including cull cows. Dairy and beef herd replacements are not included nor are cattle intended for slaughter.

2. Some holdings may have both dairy and beef cows and will therefore be included in the holding counts of both categories.

Source:

June Agricultural Survey