HC Deb 12 July 1996 vol 281 c346W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cattle(a) dairy and (b) non-dairy there are in the United Kingdom; and what is their estimated market value. [23213]

Mr. Baldry

[pursuant to the reply 4 July 1996, column 522]: According to the census carried out in June 1995, there were 4.7 million cattle in the dairy herd and nearly 7 million cattle in the beef herd. The farm gate value of the total United Kingdom beef production for 1995 was £2.8 billion. It is difficult to estimate the market value of a cow in milk production, which ranges between £500 and £800 for a non-pedigree animal. At a rough estimate, the UK dairy herd is worth around £4 billion.