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Dairy Farming

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of dairy farmers in each of the last 10 years. (228535)

The number of holdings and associated farmers (full and part-time) in England where dairy is the predominant activity are shown as follows. Farmers includes partners, directors and spouses (if working on the holding).

Dairy type holdings

Farmers, partners, directorsand spouses

2007

10,649

21,082

2006

12,628

25,706

2005

12,918

26,168

2004

13,264

28,057

2003

13,770

28,918

2002

14,537

30,425

2001

14,293

30,178

2000

15,219

31,418

1999

16,313

33,216

1998

17,014

34,405

Notes:

1. The 2007 dairy farm type was calculated using data taken from the cattle tracing system and is therefore not directly comparable to previous year’s results. Prior to 2007, the farm type was based on June survey data. As the annual June survey is based on a sample, estimates have been made for holdings not surveyed.

2. Figures prior to 2001 are not directly comparable with later results as they cover main (commercial) holdings only and also because of a register improvement exercise in 2001 which impacted on the labour figures.

Source:

June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture