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Dairy Farming

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of farmers who have left in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009 to date. (290867)

DEFRA does not collect figures on the number of farmers who leave the dairy sector each year. Figures from the June Survey of Agriculture only indicate activity on registered holdings in England at June each year and therefore show net change only.

The number of farmers on holdings where dairy is the predominant activity (as indicated from Cattle Tracing System data) are shown in the table below for 2006-08. Figures for 2009 are not yet available.

Number of farmers on dairy type holdings

Number of dairy holdings1

(a)

2006

22,483

11,079

(b)

2007

21,082

10,649

(c)

2008

20,122

10,112

1 Based on predominant farming activity.

Note:

Farmers includes full- and part-time farmers, partners, directors and spouses if working on the holding.

Sources:

June Survey of Agriculture

Cattle Tracing System