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Survey of agriculture and horticulture

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  • Release date: 24 November 2016
  • Period covered: June 2016
  • Next update: November 2017
These annual results provide estimates for Wales as a whole for agricultural land use, livestock on farms and the number of people working on agricultural holdings as at 1 June.

Key points

  • The number of sheep and lambs increased by 3.2 per cent to 9.8 million in June 2016. Since falling as low as 8.5 million in 2010, the number of sheep and lambs has fluctuated between 9.5 and 10 million in recent years.
  • The number of cattle and calves rose by 1.4 per cent in the last 12 months. However, this was due to increase in the number of younger animals. The numbers of females aged 2 fell 8 per cent for dairy breed and remained unchanged for beef breeds.


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