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Dairy Farming

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dairy farms went out of business in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many of these farms were located in Cheshire. (145110)

Information on numbers of holdings is collected in the annual June survey of agriculture and horticulture. No information is collected on the number of holdings leaving the industry. The following figures show the number of registered holdings at June each year where dairy was the predominant activity. These figures show net change only and therefore include gains as well as losses.

Number of dairy type holdings

England

Cheshire CC

Halton and Warrington UA

2004

13,264

887

10

2005

12,918

851

1

2006

12,626

836

1

1 Suppressed to ensure the confidentiality of individual holdings.

Note:

Estimates have been made for holdings on surveyed and holdings not responding.

Source:

June Agricultural Survey