New statistics on hill farming

Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) England make up 17% of the total farmed area of England.  The average LFA farm is 137ha, half owned and half rented and run by a 55 year old farmer with 33 beef cows and 308 ewes.  His net income including Single Farm Payment, any diversification income and putting a charge on his family’s labour left him a loss of £3354 in 2008/2009. This was an improvement on the previous year when he lost £9,958.

This information comes from ‘Hill Farming in England, 2008/2009’, taken from the Farm Business Survey and prepared by David Harvey and Charles Scott. The report can be accessed at:

For a summary of the report click on the link below