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Written Answers

Wednesday 27 January 2010

Afghanistan

Question

Asked by The Earl of Sandwich

Lord Brett: Details of ministerial travel, including the purpose of visits, is published annually. Information for previous years is available in the House Library and on the Cabinet Office website http://www.cabinetoffice. gov.uk/propriety_and_ethics/ministers/travel_gifts .aspx.



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Information for the current year will be published as soon as it is available. Details on specific programmes and steps taken to publicise each visit are not centrally held. To provide additional information would incur disproportionate costs.

Agriculture: Dairy Farms

Questions

Asked by Baroness Byford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): The Answer to the Question is given in the tables below. The latest information available is up to October 2009.

Table 1
UK trade in liquid drinking milk (pasteurised or UHT), 2003 to Oct 2009
Million litres
200320042005200620072008Jan to Oct 2009 (Prov)

Exports

193

251

485

512

423

457

377

Imports

37

55

47

84

88

134

75

Table 2
UK trade in milk products, 2003 to Oct 2009
200320042005200620072008Jan to Oct 2009 (Prov)

Exports

Butter

44

35

45

36

32

24

22

Cheese

90

93

96

104

97

88

87

Condensed Milk

20

18

4

6

6

3

4

Cream

114

81

93

94

78

62

51

Milk powders

173

186

102

96

105

98

60

Imports

Butter

118

114

129

147

103

81

74

Cheese

316

335

353

378

403

422

342

Condensed Milk

20

25

33

45

41

39

31

Cream

15

15

30

37

43

55

54

Milk powders

45

68

78

51

61

66

67

Source: HMRC

Asked by Baroness Byford

Lord Davies of Oldham: Changes in the number of farmers and dairy cows are just two elements of the structural changes that have taken place in the sector. The long-term trend in dairy production is towards fewer, larger and more productive herds. The table below provides the fuller picture on the structural changes in the sector and shows how the decline in the number of dairy farms and farmers has been offset by an increase in average herd size and milk yields.

The number of principal farmers on dairy holdings is not yet available for 2009, so the most recent data cover up to 2008. The 2009 data will be released in March 2010.

The decrease in the numbers of dairy farmers in England between 2000 and 2008 (-26 per cent) is less than the fall in the number of holdings with dairy cows between 2000 and 2009 (-36 per cent). This

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reflects a rise in the average number of farmers per farm over the period as the average farm size has increased.

However, the number of dairy cows has decreased by less (-24 per cent), reflecting a rise in the average herd size.

Number of dairy farmsNo farmers (a) on dairy holdingsNumber of dairy cows (thousands)
(b)(c)(b)(c)(b)(c)

2000

15,219

31,418

1,576

2001

14,293

30,178

1,490

2002

14,537

30,425

1,462

2003

13,770

28,918

1,435

2004

13,264

28,057

1,374

2005

12,918

26,168

1,311

2006

11,522

11,079

22,483

25,706

1,259

1,290

2007

10,907

21,082

1,236

2008

10,331

20,122

1,199

2009

9,805

--

--

--

1,163

% change between 2000 and 2009(e)

-36%

-26%

-24%

-- not yet available

(a) Farmers are defined as principal farmers, partners, directors and spouses if working on the holding.

(b) Sourced from the Cattle Tracing System (CTS). Defined as the number of holdings on 1 June each year with more than 10 dairy cows in the milking herd. CTS became the main source of cattle data from 2006 onwards. Results prior to this were sourced from the June Survey of Agriculture but are not directly comparable.

(c) Sourced from the June Survey of Agriculture. Defined as the number of holdings with dairy as the predominant farming activity.

Asked by Baroness Byford

Lord Davies of Oldham: Statistics on the market value of dairy animals sold in English livestock markets are held by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. These statistics are provided to Defra on a monthly basis, split into 13 categories by age and pedigree or non-pedigree status. The information is then published on the Defra website at https://statistics.defra.gov.uk/esg/publications/amr/default.asp.

Agriculture: Wildlife


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