UK Producer Numbers

Published 1 December 14

  • Producer numbers for England and Wales stood at 9,987 at the beginning of December, a fall of 60 (0.6%) from the previous month.
  • Compared to the previous year, producer numbers are down by 474 (4.5%).
  • The North saw the largest proportional decrease on the month, losing 19 (1.3%) producers. All regions saw a decrease on the month except the South East which remained the same.

For more information on producer numbers in individual counties, please click here.

  • The number of dairy producers in the EU- 27 fell by 6.5% between 2011/12 and 2012/13. For more information on EU dairy producer numbers click here.

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.

Producer numbers England & Wales

Month ending

All Producers

England

Wales

December-14

9,987

8,157

1,830

November-14

10,047

8,214

1,833

December-13

10,461

8,587

1,874

Source: Food Standards Agency

Producer numbers by region

Region

Dec-14

Nov-14

Month on month change

Month on month % change

Dec-13

Year on year change

Year on year % change

North

1,493

1,512

-19

-1.3%

1,611

-118

-7.3%

North West 

2,137

2,153

-16

-0.7%

2,246

-109

-4.9%

East

138

139

-1

-0.7%

143

-5

-3.5%

Midlands

1,125

1,135

-10

-0.9%

1,191

-66

-5.5%

South

215

216

-1

-0.5%

227

-12

-5.3%

Mid-West

1,287

1,292

-5

-0.4%

1,345

-58

-4.3%

Far-West

1,533

1,538

-5

-0.3%

1,574

-41

-2.6%

South East

229

229

0

0.0%

250

-21

-8.4%

Wales

1,830

1,833

-3

-0.2%

1,874

-44

-2.3%

Source: Food Standards Agency

 UK Producer Numbers