UK Producer Numbers

Published 8 February 17

  • Producer numbers for England and Wales stood at 9,469 at the beginning of February 2017, a fall of 8 (0.1%) from the previous month.
  • Compared to the same month in the previous year, producer numbers are down by 152 (1.6%).
  • The North, North West, East and Far West saw a decrease in producer numbers on the month, the South, South-East, Mid-West and Wales remained unchanged and the Midlands saw an increase. 

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

Producer numbers England & Wales

 

Month of All Producers England Wales
February-17 9,469 7,727 1,742
January-17 9,477 7,735 1,742
February-16 9,621 7,860 1,761

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 Feb-17 Jan-17 Month on month change Month on month % change Feb-16 Year on year change Year on year % change
North 1,443 1,444 -1 -0.1% 1,455 -12 -0.8%
North West  2,018 2,022 -4 -0.2% 2,063 -45 -2.2%
East 122 125 -3 -2.4% 127 -5 -3.9%
Midlands 1,050 1,048 2 0.2% 1,079 -29 -2.7%
South 199 199 0 0.0% 200 -1 -0.5%
Mid-West 1,215 1,215 0 0.0% 1,228 -13 -1.1%
Far-West 1,456 1,458 -2 -0.1% 1,483 -27 -1.8%
South East 224 224 0 0.0% 225 -1 -0.4%
Wales 1,742 1,742 0 0.0% 1,761 -19 -1.1%
Total 9,469 9,477 -8 -0.1% 9,621 -152 -1.6%

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

Source: Food Standards Agency