To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) pheasants, (b) partridges and (c) ducks are being kept for (i) meat production, (ii) showing, (iii) breeding for shooting, (iv) rearing for shooting, (v) releasing for shooting and (vi) other purposes at premises listed in the Great Britain Poultry Register; and how many such premises there are, broken down by species kept.
The information requested is set out in the following table:
|Reared for meat||4,137,400||557||111,088||26||82,650||11|
|Breeding for meat||129,333||183||4,162||23||47,142||9|
|Breeding for shooting||90,852||132||3,075,707||765||1,287,211||351|
|Rearing for shooting||813,220||627||21,073,754||2,755||8,047,225||1,500|
|Releasing for shooting||532,953||1,318||1,4871,092||6,651||4,789,320||2,827|
|Breeding for egg laying||232,087||475||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Other production type||395,080||2,205||685,449||534||172,063||166|
This information was produced using data from the Great Britain Poultry Register taken on
The GB Poultry Register allows people to register themselves as a commercial hatchery without necessarily indicating which species they hatch, hence the unknown category. It is also possible that premises may have registered themselves as having an incubator capacity but have not registered that they use this for commercial purposes.
The GB Poultry Register captures data under the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (No. 2) Regulations 2005. Registration is mandatory for premises with 50 or more birds kept for commercial purposes. In addition, the register also includes voluntary registrations for non-commercial premises and those where fewer than 50 poultry are kept.
The completeness of the data is dependant on the level of compliance with the legislation as specified above. Owners are required to de-register if they no longer keep poultry.