Farmers: Cumbria

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average farm income is for (a) hill farmers and (b) dairy farmers in Cumbria.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The estimated average Farm Business Income[1] in 2014/15 for a) hill farmers and b) dairy farmers in Cumbria, based on data from the Farm Business Survey[2], is shown in the table below:

Average Farm Business Income in Cumbria, 2014/15

Average Farm Business Income (£/farm)

95% confidence interval (£/farm)

Hill farms (Mainly SDA)

14,400

±10,100

Dairy

106,000

±43,000

Source: Farm Business Survey, England

There is a small number of dairy farms that are also classified as hill farms and will therefore feature in both categories.

[1] For sole traders and partnerships, Farm Business Income represents the financial return to all unpaid labour (farmers and spouses, non-principal partners and directors and their spouses and family workers) and on all their capital invested in the farm business, including land and buildings. For corporate businesses it represents the financial return on the shareholders capital invested in the farm business.

[2] The Farm Business Survey covers farms of at least 25,000 euros of Standard Output in England

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