UK Producer Numbers

Published 1 April 19

Producer numbers England & Wales

According to data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the number of dairy producers in England and Wales has fallen by 427 (4.6%) in just six months. However, this may not be a true reflection of the rate of farmers exiting the industry, as the FSA are currently updating their database.  The data should be therefore be treated with caution. Following the recent falls in reported Producer Numbers AHDB has conducted a survey, details of which can be found here. 

Region Apr-19 Mar-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Apr-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
All Producers 8,859 8,991 -132 -1.5% 9,326 -467 -5.0%
England 7,197 7,313 -116 -1.6% 7,603 -406 -5.3%
Wales 1,662 1,678 -16 -1.0% 1,723 -61 -3.5%


England producer numbers by region
    

Region Apr-19 Mar-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Apr-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
North 1,321 1,346 -25 -1.9% 1,421 -100 -7.0%
North West  1,886 1,915 -29 -1.5% 1,977 -91 -4.6%
East 101 102 -1 -1.0% 115 -14 -12.2%
Midlands 974 992 -18 -1.8% 1,036 -62 -6.0%
South 191 193 -2 -1.0% 195 -4 -2.1%
Mid-West 1,162 1,178 -16 -1.4% 1,197 -35 -2.9%
Far-West 1,357 1,369 -12 -0.9% 1,441 -84 -5.8%
South East 205 218 -13 -6.0% 221 -16 -7.2%
Total 7,197 7,313 -116 -1.6% 7,603 -406 -5.3%


Wales producer numbers by region
  

Region Apr-19 Mar-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Apr-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
NE Wales 300 303 -3 -1.0% 312 -12 -3.8%
Ceredigion 195 197 -2 -1.0% 198 -3 -1.5%
Pembrokeshire 312 312 0 0.0% 319 -7 -2.2%
Carmarthenshire 465 465 0 0.0% 475 -10 -2.1%
NW Wales 112 116 -4 -3.4% 123 -11 -8.9%
Powys 145 146 -1 -0.7% 152 -7 -4.6%
South Wales 133 139 -6 -4.3% 144 -11 -7.6%
Total 1,662 1,678 -16 -1.0% 1,723 -61 -3.5%


UK Producer Numbers
 

 Source: Food Standards Agency

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

Notes:

Figures include buffalo, goat and sheep’s 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.

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.

As of August 2012 Welsh dairy producer numbers are now being reported at Agri region level instead of at corresponding County level. This has been agreed with Welsh Government as the introduction of the 22 unitary authorities in April 1996 has made it necessary to define new agricultural statistical regions (the new authorities are largely defined by populations meaning that they are not always suitable for presenting agricultural data).This means that year on year comparisons are not possible prior to August 2013. For more details on the composition of the Agri-Regions please click here.