Wales Producer Numbers

Published 8 February 17

  • At the start of February 2017, the number of dairy producers in Wales stood at 1,742, unchanged from the previous month.
  • Between February 2016 and 2017 there was a decline of 19 (1.1%) Welsh dairy producers.
  • Regional figures in February were unchanged compared with the previous month. Compared with the same month last year, NE Wales, NW Wales and South Wales have had a decline in producer numbers, while Pembrokeshire and Powys have seen an increase. 

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Dairy farmer numbers in Wales


Note: 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. The table below shows the composition of the 7 Agri regions. 

 

Region Feb-17 Jan-17 Month on month change Month on month % change Feb-16 Year on year change Year on year % change
NE Wales 320 320 0 0.0% 328 -8 -2.4%
Ceredigion 200 200 0 0.0% 200 0 0.0%
Pembrokeshire 323 323 0 0.0% 322 1 0.3%
Carmarthenshire 478 478 0 0.0% 478 0 0.0%
NW Wales 124 124 0 0.0% 136 -12 -8.8%
Powys 151 151 0 0.0% 148 3 2.0%
South Wales 146 146 0 0.0% 149 -3 -2.0%
Total 1,742 1,742 0 0.0% 1,761 -19 -1.1%

Source: Food standards Agency

Note: 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. The table below shows the composition of the 7 Agri regions.  

List of Current Unitary Authorities - 22

 

Old Corresponding Counties - 8

 

Agri regions - 7

         

Blaenau Gwent

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Gwent

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South Wales

Bridgend

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Mid Glamorgan

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South Wales

Caerphilly

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Mid Glamorgan

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South Wales

Cardiff

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South Glamorgan

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South Wales

Carmarthenshire

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Dyfed

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Carmarthenshire

Ceredigion

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Dyfed

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Ceredigion

Conwy

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Clwyd

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NE Wales

Denbighshire

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Clwyd

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NE Wales

Flintshire

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Clwyd

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NE Wales

Gwynedd

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Gwynedd

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NW Wales

Isle of Anglesey

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Gwynedd

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NW Wales

Merthyr Tydfil

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Mid Glamorgan

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South Wales

Monmouthshire

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Gwent

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South Wales

Neath Port Talbot

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West Glamorgan

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South Wales

Newport

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Gwent

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South Wales

Pembrokeshire

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Dyfed

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Pembrokeshire

Powys

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Powys

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Powys

Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Mid Glamorgan

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South Wales

Swansea

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West Glamorgan

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South Wales

Torfaen

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Gwent

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South Wales

Vale of Glamorgan

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South Glamorgan

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South Wales

Wrexham

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Clwyd

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NE Wales

Wales Producer Numbers

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.

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.