UK Producer Numbers

Published 1 March 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 295 (3.2%) in just five 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. To see an article on why producer numbers are dropping click here.

Region Mar-19 Feb-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Mar-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
All Producers 8,991 9,064 -73 -0.8% 9,334 -343 -3.7%
England 7,313 7,382 -69 -0.9% 7,610 -297 -3.9%
Wales 1,678 1,682 -4 -0.2% 1,724 -46 -2.7%


England producer numbers by region   

Region Mar-19 Feb-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Mar-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
North 1,346 1,361 -15 -1.1% 1,427 -81 -5.7%
North West  1,915 1,926 -11 -0.6% 1,980 -65 -3.3%
East 102 104 -2 -1.9% 114 -12 -10.5%
Midlands 992 1,016 -24 -2.4% 1,039 -47 -4.5%
South 193 195 -2 -1.0% 194 -1 -0.5%
Mid-West 1,178 1,183 -5 -0.4% 1,197 -19 -1.6%
Far-West 1,369 1,377 -8 -0.6% 1,438 -69 -4.8%
South East 218 220 -2 -0.9% 221 -3 -1.4%
Total 7,313 7,382 -69 -0.9% 7,610 -297 -3.9%


Wales producer numbers by region 

Region Mar-19 Feb-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Mar-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
NE Wales 303 304 -1 -0.3% 312 -9 -2.9%
Ceredigion 197 197 0 0.0% 198 -1 -0.5%
Pembrokeshire 312 311 1 0.3% 320 -8 -2.5%
Carmarthenshire 465 467 -2 -0.4% 475 -10 -2.1%
NW Wales 116 116 0 0.0% 123 -7 -5.7%
Powys 146 147 -1 -0.7% 152 -6 -3.9%
South Wales 139 140 -1 -0.7% 144 -5 -3.5%
Total 1,678 1,682 -4 -0.2% 1,724 -46

-2.7%

 


UK Producer Numbers
 

 

Source: Food Standards Agency

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

 We are currently investigating the figures produced by the FSA as there is a significant drop between January and February 2019.

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.