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UK Farming Statistics

07 June 2013

Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2012 - 6 June 2013Agriculture in the United Kingdom 2012 - 6 June 2013

UK Farming Statistics

Key Events

Total Income from Farming

In 2012 total income from farming fell to £4.70 billion, a 14 per cent fall in real terms from 2011 after adjusting for inflation. Similarly the total income from farming per agricultural work unit of entrepreneurial labour also fell by 14 per cent in real terms to £25,175 in 2012. A key factor in the fall of total income was the weather conditions experienced in 2012.


2012 was a year of dramatic contrast. The year began with ongoing concerns over long-term drought heightened by a relatively dry January to March. This was followed by an abrupt shift in weather patterns bringing an exceptionally wet period for most of the country from April lasting through much of the summer. Rainfall totals for autumn and December remained well above average, and a succession of rain events in late November and late December contributed to extensive disruption from flooding. The wet weather affected both the harvest of the 2012 crops and the planting and establishment of the 2013 crops.

Common Agricultural Policy Reform

The European Union commission confirmed that the replacement scheme will not be introduced in 2014. They are now working towards a January 2015 start date.

Bovine Tuberculosis

New rules were introduced on 1 January 2013 with the aim to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis between cattle. The measures included changes to the testing regime and cattle movement controls.

The planned culls of badgers in England were postponed until the summer of 2013. In Wales the planned culls are no longer going ahead. Instead it is to be replaced with a badger vaccination programme.

Schmallenberg Virus

In January 2012 it was confirmed that the ruminant virus known as Schmallenberg was in the United Kingdom. The virus affects milk yields in cattle and can cause congenital deformities in new born lambs, calves and kids.

New Defra Team

In a cabinet reshuffle Owen Paterson took over from Caroline Spelman as Secretary of State and David Heath replaced Jim Paice as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food.

June 2013

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