Game: Birds

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information the Animal and Plant Health Agency holds on the estimated number of game birds on game farm premises as supplied by owners of those game farms to that agency.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) does not hold accurate or reliable figures on the number of birds on game farm premises.

At the time of registration the owner/keeper of the game birds will normally supply APHA with an estimate of the stock numbers likely to be held on the game bird farm premises.

The figures below are based upon information supplied to APHA at the time of registration by the owner/keeper of the game bird farm premises which date from 2008 to 2018.

Number of game birds (estimated usual stock numbers)

Registered game farm premises

0 – 20,000


20,000 – 50,000


50,000 +


APHA does not maintain year on year statistics for game bird farms.

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