EU Producer Numbers

Published 2 April 14

  • The number of dairy producers in the EU- 27 fell by 6.5% between 2011/12 and 2012/13.
  • Romania saw the largest fall in dairy producer numbers - falling by 32,934 (9.0%) between 2011/12 and 2012/13.
  • The largest fall in percentage terms was in Bulgaria where the producer numbers fell by 21.7% (3,003 producers).

The number of dairy producers in the EU- 27 fell by 6.5% between 2011/12 and 2012/13. Poland and Romania, one of the newest Member States, accounted for 52.9% of the total number of producers in the 27 current Member States, with Romania alone accounting for 36.3%. Looking at the EU- 25, the number of producers has fallen by 4.7% (28,214) over the same period to 576,135 producers.

Romania, home to the majority of European dairy producers experienced the largest fall in dairy producer numbers between 2011/12 and 2012/13 falling by 32,934 (9.0%) to 335,037. In percentage terms however the largest fall was seen in Bulgaria where the producer numbers fell by 21.7% (3,003 producers).

 

2011/12

2012/13

Yr on Yr change(%)

Austria

48,814

46,529

-4.7%

Belgium

10,261

9,836

-4.1%

Bulgaria

13,842

10,839

-21.7%

Cyprus

219

217

-0.9%

Czech Republic

2,360

2,298

-2.6%

Denmark

3,968

3,801

-4.2%

Estonia

989

922

-6.8%

Finland

10,910

10,231

-6.2%

France

80,257

77,214

-3.8%

Germany

83,883

80,758

-3.7%

Greece

3,949

3,693

-6.5%

Hungary

4,725

4,315

-8.7%

Ireland

19,167

18,496

-3.5%

Italy

38,831

37,427

-3.6%

Latvia

11,558

11,186

-3.2%

Lithuania

44,351

41,335

-6.8%

Luxembourg

790

760

-3.8%

Malta

123

122

-0.8%

Netherlands

18,893

18,522

-2.0%

Poland

162,082

152,999

-5.6%

Portugal

7,487

6,959

-7.1%

Romania

367,971

335,037

-9.0%

Slovakia

850

830

-2.4%

Slovenia

8,479

8,152

-3.9%

Spain

20,665

19,646

-4.9%

Sweden

5,761

5,383

-6.6%

United Kingdom

14,977

14,504

-3.2%

 

 

 

 

EU-25 Total

604,349

576,135

-4.7%

EU-27 Total

986,162

922,011

-6.5%

Source: Europa

EU Producer Numbers