Wales Producer Numbers

Published 5 January 15

In February:

  • The number of dairy producers in Wales stood at 1,819, a decrease of 12 (0.7%) compared with the previous month.
  • Between February 2014 and 2015 there was a decline of 43 (2.3%) Welsh dairy producers.
  • Compared with the previous month, North East Wales and Ceredigion showed no change whilst Powys and South Wales both saw the largest decrease of 5 (3.2%).

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

 Dairy farmer numbers in Wales

Region

Feb-15

Jan-15

Month on month change

Month on month % change

Feb-14

Year on year change

Year on year % change

NE Wales

342

342

0

0.0%

341

1

0.3%

Ceredigion

214

214

0

0.0%

226

-12

-5.3%

Pembrokeshire

329

330

-1

-0.3%

334

-5

-1.5%

Carmarthenshire

494

496

-2

-0.4%

505

-11

-2.2%

NW Wales

136

135

1

0.7%

133

3

2.3%

Powys

151

156

-5

-3.2%

166

-15

-9.0%

South Wales

153

158

-5

-3.2%

157

-4

-2.5%

Total

1,819

1,831

-12

-0.7%

1,862

-43

-2.3%

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.