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Survey of agriculture

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  • Release date: 28 February 2013
  • Period covered: December 2012
An annual report which includes information on livestock, crops, production of hay and silage and quantity of fertilisers held.

Equivalent statistics for each of the other UK countries are produced by the respective administrations and are detailed in the release. Data for the UK as a whole will be published by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 14 March 2013.

Key points

  • The number of sheep and lambs rose from 5.8 million to 6.0 million between December 2011 and December 2012.  This was caused by an increase in the number of lambs kept by farmers.
  • Most of these lambs were retained because of poor market conditions during 2012.
  • The overall number of cattle and calves rose very slightly over the same period. This came after a gradual fall in cattle numbers over several years.


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