Wales Producer Numbers

Published 2 October 14

In October:

  • The number of dairy producers in Wales stood at 1,835 in October 2014, up 3 from the previous month, but 12 lower than July 2014.
  • Compared to the previous year Welsh producer numbers are down by 40 (2.1%).

For more information on English producer numbers, please click here.

 Dairy farmer numbers in Wales

Region

Oct-14

Sep-14

Month on month change

Month on month % change

Oct-13

Year on year change

Year on year % change

NE Wales

342

342

0

0.0%

341

1

0.3%

Ceredigion

216

216

0

0.0%

227

-11

-4.8%

Pembrokeshire

330

329

1

0.3%

338

-8

-2.4%

Carmarthenshire

497

496

1

0.2%

510

-13

-2.5%

NW Wales

132

132

0

0.0%

133

-1

-0.8%

Powys

159

158

1

0.6%

167

-8

-4.8%

South Wales

159

159

0

0.0%

159

0

0.0%

Total

1,835

1,832

3

0.2%

1,875

-40

-2.1%

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

=

Gwent

=

South Wales

Bridgend

=

Mid Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Caerphilly

=

Mid Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Cardiff

=

South Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Carmarthenshire

=

Dyfed

=

Carmarthenshire

Ceredigion

=

Dyfed

=

Ceredigion

Conwy

=

Clwyd

=

NE Wales

Denbighshire

=

Clwyd

=

NE Wales

Flintshire

=

Clwyd

=

NE Wales

Gwynedd

=

Gwynedd

=

NW Wales

Isle of Anglesey

=

Gwynedd

=

NW Wales

Merthyr Tydfil

=

Mid Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Monmouthshire

=

Gwent

=

South Wales

Neath Port Talbot

=

West Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Newport

=

Gwent

=

South Wales

Pembrokeshire

=

Dyfed

=

Pembrokeshire

Powys

=

Powys

=

Powys

Rhondda Cynon Taff

=

Mid Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Swansea

=

West Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Torfaen

=

Gwent

=

South Wales

Vale of Glamorgan

=

South Glamorgan

=

South Wales

Wrexham

=

Clwyd

=

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.