UK Producer Numbers

Published 9 May 16

  • Producer numbers for England and Wales stood at 9,579 at the beginning of May 2016, a fall of 7 (0.1%) from the previous month.
  • Compared to the same month in the previous year, producer numbers are down by 277 (2.8%).
  • The Midlands decreased by four producers on the month. The Far-West, South East  and Wales each decrease by one producer whilst all other regions remained static.

For more information on producer numbers in individual counties, please click here.

  • The number of dairy producers in the EU- 27 fell by 6.2% between the 2012/13 and 2013/14 milk years. For more information on EU dairy producer numbers click here.

Producer numbers England & Wales

Month of

All Producers

England

Wales

May-16

9,579

7,822

1,757

April-16

9,586

7,828

1,758

May-15

9,856

8,056

1,800

Source: Food Standards Agency

Please note: figures include buffalo, goat and sheeps’ milk producers as well as cows’ milk producers. Any producer selling milk for human consumption needs to be registered with the Food Standards Agency and this covers a range of possibilities from someone with 1 goat to 1000 plus dairy cows. Therefore any increase seen in the numbers should not necessarily be interpreted as an increase in the number of commercial dairy farmers.

Producer numbers by region

Region

May-16

Apr-16

Month on month change

Month on month % change

May-15

Year on year change

Year on year % change

North

1,452

1,452

0

0.0%

1,487

-35

-2.4%

North West 

2,054

2,054

0

0.0%

2,106

-52

-2.5%

East

126

126

0

0.0%

129

-3

-2.3%

Midlands

1,070

1,074

-4

-0.4%

1,110

-40

-3.6%

South

200

200

0

0.0%

211

-11

-5.2%

Mid-West

1,224

1,224

0

0.0%

1,272

-48

-3.8%

Far-West

1,472

1,473

-1

-0.1%

1,516

-44

-2.9%

South East

224

225

-1

-0.4%

225

-1

-0.4%

Wales

1,757

1,758

-1

-0.1%

1,800

-43

-2.4%

Source: Food Standards Agency

It must be taken into account that Food Standards Agency figures represent the number processed forms received each month. Due to time lags in processing the forms or time lags in farmers informing the Food Standards Agency that they have stopped producing, these figures may not provide an exact representation of the number of farmers that have ceased producing milk in a particular month.

 UK Producer Numbers