Written Question: Dairy Farms

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John Stevenson Conservative, Carlisle:
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy farms there were in (a) Carlisle constituency and (b) Cumbria in (i) 2012, (ii) 2013 and (iii) 2014.

George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:
The numbers of dairy farms in Carlisle constituency and Cumbria in 2012 to 2014 are shown below.

Also shown are the numbers of dairy cows on these, to help put the figures into context.

Carlisle Parliamentary Constituency Cumbria
Number of dairy farms (a) Number of dairy cows (Thousand Head) Number of dairy farms (a) Number of dairy cows (Thousand Head)
2012 49 8 849 106
2013 49 9 823 105
2014 49 9 807 109
Source: Cattle Tracing System.
(a) Defined as the number of holdings with more than 10 dairy cows over 2 yrs old in the milking herd (i.e. with offspring)
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