HC Deb 10 July 2003 vol 408 c914W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many livestock farms there are in England. [123319]

Mr. Bradshaw

In June 2002, the Agricultural and Horticultural Census indicates there were nearly 67,000 agricultural holdings where the principal activity was livestock.

Holdings in England 2002 by farm type
Pigs and poultry 6,991
Dairy 14,342
Cattle and sheep in less favoured areas 11,763
Cattle and sheep lowland 33,778
Total 66,874


There were 10,284 holdings classified as mixed farming which includes elements of livestock farming.

The total number of holdings recording any livestock (pigs, cattle, sheep, poultry, farmed deer, goats or horses) in 2002 was nearly 108,000.