UK Producer Numbers

Published 1 July 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 583 in just nine 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 Jul-19 Jun-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Jul-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
All Producers 8,703 8,736 -33 -0.4% 9,297 -594 -6.4%
England 7,043 7,074 -31 -0.4% 7,576 -533 -7.0%
Wales 1,660 1,662 -2 -0.1% 1,721 -61 -3.5%

England producer numbers by region    

Region Jul-19 Jun-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Jul-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
North 1,281 1,283 -2 -0.2% 1,417 -136 -9.6%
North West  1,854 1,863 -9 -0.5% 1,969 -115 -5.8%
East 98 98 0 0.0% 114 -16 -14.0%
Midlands 957 962 -5 -0.5% 1,031 -74 -7.2%
South 169 170 -1 -0.6% 194 -25 -12.9%
Mid-West 1,149 1,157 -8 -0.7% 1,195 -46 -3.8%
Far-West 1,335 1,339 -4 -0.3% 1,435 -100 -7.0%
South East 200 202 -2 -1.0% 221 -21 -9.5%
Total 7,043 7,074 -31 -0.4% 7,576 -533 -7.0%

Wales producer numbers by region   

Region Jul-19 Jun-19 Month on month change Month on month % change Jul-18 Year on year change Year on year % change
NE Wales 298 299 -1 -0.3% 311 -13 -4.2%
Ceredigion 197 196 1 0.5% 199 -2 -1.0%
Pembrokeshire 311 312 -1 -0.3% 317 -6 -1.9%
Carmarthenshire 464 464 0 0.0% 475 -11 -2.3%
NW Wales 113 113 0 0.0% 123 -10 -8.1%
Powys 145 145 0 0.0% 152 -7 -4.6%
South Wales 132 133 -1 -0.8% 144 -12 -8.3%
Total 1,660 1,662 -2 -0.1% 1,721 -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.