UK Producer Numbers

Published 5 May 17

Producer numbers England & Wales

Region May-17 Apr-17 Month on month change Month on month % change May-16 Year on year change Year on year % change
All Producers 9,432 9,446 -14 -0.1% 9,579 -147 -1.5%
England 7,705 7,714 -9 -0.1% 7,822 -117 -1.5%
Wales 1,727 1,732 -5 -0.3% 1,757 -30 -1.7%

 

England producer numbers by region 

Region May-17 Apr-17 Month on month change Month on month % change May-16 Year on year change Year on year % change
North 1,437 1,440 -3 -0.2% 1,452 -15 -1.0%
North West  2,007 2,012 -5 -0.2% 2,054 -47 -2.3%
East 121 122 -1 -0.8% 126 -5 -4.0%
Midlands 1,053 1,050 3 0.3% 1,070 -17 -1.6%
South 198 198 0 0.0% 200 -2 -1.0%
Mid-West 1,208 1,210 -2 -0.2% 1,224 -16 -1.3%
Far-West 1,458 1,458 0 0.0% 1,472 -14 -1.0%
South East 223 224 -1 -0.4% 224 -1 -0.4%
Total 7,705 7,714 -9 -0.1% 7,822 -117 -1.5%

 

Wales producer numbers by region 

Region May-17 Apr-17 Month on month change Month on month % change May-16 Year on year change Year on year % change
NE Wales 319 319 0 0.0% 323 -4 -1.2%
Ceredigion 198 199 -1 -0.5% 200 -2 -1.0%
Pembrokeshire 316 319 -3 -0.9% 323 -7 -2.2%
Carmarthenshire 472 473 -1 -0.2% 479 -7 -1.5%
NW Wales 124 124 0 0.0% 136 -12 -8.8%
Powys 152 152 0 0.0% 149 3 2.0%
South Wales 146 146 0 0.0% 147 -1 -0.7%
Total 1,727 1,732 -5 -0.3% 1,757 -30 -1.7%


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.