Farmers: Income

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of changes in the average income of farmers in each sector of the farming industry in each of the last five years.

Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs)

The average net farm income for all types of farms in the United Kingdom is expected to be around £20,600 in 2006-07, about 20 per cent. higher than 2005-06 in real terms. Incomes are forecast to have doubled for cereals and general cropping farms due to better prices for crops, while lowland livestock farms and mixed farms also benefited from improved prices. Specialist poultry, specialist pigs and dairy farm incomes are expected to fall, as are incomes for less favoured area (LFA) grazing livestock farms. Figures for the net farm income by type of farm in each of the last five years are shown in the following tables.

Average net farm income per farm (£/farm) at current prices
Farm type 2002-03( 1) 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 Annual percentage change 2006-07/2005-06
Cereals 11,000 33,500 13,600 12,700 27,900 119.7
General cropping 11,700 50,800 26,400 22,500 49,300 119.1
Dairy 14,200 21,100 23,700 24,500 19,700 -19.6
Grazing livestock (lowland) 6,700 7,100 5,300 4,100 7,700 87.8
Grazing livestock (LFA) 13,000 14,300 13,000 9,300 9,300 0.0
Specialist pigs 23,500 32,100 25,100 29,000 24,500 -15.5
Specialist poultry 83,500 49,900 89,700 97,500 77,200 -20.8
Mixed 10,400 22,600 14,800 15,600 20,800 33.3
All types (including horticulture) 13,700 23,900 17,900 17,100 21,300 24.6
(1) Net farm income accounting years end on average in February

Source:

Farm Business Survey

Average net farm income per farm (£/farm) in real terms at 2005-06 prices
Farm type 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 Annual percentage change 2006-07/2005-06
Cereals 12,000 35,500 14,000 12,700 27,000 112.6
General cropping 12,700 53,800 27,100 22,500 47,700 112.0
Dairy 15,500 22,300 24,300 24,500 19,100 -22.0
Grazing livestock (lowland) 7,300 7,500 5,400 4,100 7,500 82.9
Grazing livestock (LFA) 14,200 15,100 13,400 9,300 9,000 -3.2
Specialist pigs 25,600 34,000 25,800 29,000 23,700 -18.3
Specialist poultry 90,900 52,800 92,100 97,500 74,700 -23.4
Mixed 11,300 23,900 15,200 15,600 20,100 28.8
All types (including horticulture) 14,900 25,300 18,400 17,100 20,600 20.5
Source:

Farm Business Survey

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