Monday, 19 December 2016

FACT : There are more sheep than people in Wales!

Sheep huddle in heavy snow near Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, with wintry weather affecting parts of Scotland and the UK November 18 2016
(Picture: SWNS)

Sheep now outnumber people by three to one in Wales, according to latest figures from Welsh farmers.
The flocking surge has been caused by a rise of almost two million more sheep in the valleys and mountain of Wales over the last seven years.
The n-ewe figures revealed a count of 9,810,000 sheep compared to 3,026,000 people in the Land of My Fathers.
It shows the Welsh nation is confirming all of its baa-d stereotypes with a 3.2 per cent increase in flock sizes year-on-year.
The data from the annual census figures, based on the June 2016 Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture, show there are currently 9.81 million sheep and lambs in Wales.
But their numbers in Wales are yet to recover from their high point of around 12 million in the late 1990s.
Sheep numbers were in decline to a low of around eight million until 2009 when they began a steady increase.
John Richards, industry information executive for Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales), said the increase was an indication of confidence in the future of the industry.
‘There are still challenges for the lamb industry in Wales,’ said Mr Richards.
‘Ensuring that everyone, including farmers and processors, get a good price for their product is vital, and means continuing to respond to changing customer demands.
‘Political uncertainties around Brexit also mean that it’s difficult to predict accurately how the structure of future support payments and trade arrangements will affect livestock numbers.’

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