Agriculture: Dairy and Pig Farmers

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Shadow Minister (Food & Rural Affairs), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many dairy and pig farmers there were in the United Kingdom in each of the years 1997—2006.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The number of holdings in England recording pigs or dairy cows is shown below. Figures for the other UK countries fall under the jurisdiction of the devolved authorities.

Pigs and no Dairy Dairy and no Pigs Dairy and Pigs
Holdings Farmers Holdings Farmers Holdings Farmers
1997 8,530 14,273 21,216 41,233 1,716 3,478
1998 8,517 14,393 20,626 41,459 1,690 3,439
1999 7,979 13,281 19,852 39,935 1,474 2,945
2000 7,998 13,584 18,753 38,362 1,341 2,652
2001 7,936 13,834 17,260 35,994 1,254 2,531
2002 8,130 13,525 17,536 36,237 1,141 2,219
2003 7,972 12,914 16,623 34,545 1,035 1,953
2004 8,305 13,648 16,128 33,727 1,072 1,975
2005 8,653 13,938 15,491 31,094 1,014 1,863
2006 8,260 13,643 15,009 30,396 985 1,873
Source: June Agricultural Survey
Notes:
1. Data prior to 2000 are for main holding only. From 2000 onwards, all holdings are included.
2. Estimates have been made for holdings not responding or not selected for the survey.
3. Farmers include full- and part-time farmers, partners, directors and spouses, if working on the holding.
4. Due to the introduction of new labour questions in 1998, figures prior to this year are not directly comparable with earlier years' results.
5. Due to a register improvement exercise in 2001, labour figures prior to this are not directly comparable with later results.

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