Gamebirds

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Lord Warner, Minister of State), Department of Health, PPS (Andy Burnham, Minister of State), Department of Health

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.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The information requested is set out in the following table:

Duck Pheasant Partridge
Production type Bird Premise Bird Premise Bird Premise
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
Showing 26,562 466 7,390 86 5,216 18
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
Egg layers 86,281 1,697 n/a n/a n/a n/a
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
Total 6,443,768 7,660 39,828,642 10,840 14,430,827 4,882

This information was produced using data from the Great Britain Poultry Register taken on 12 May 2006. All data are subject to change.

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.

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