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Sheep now outnumber people three to one in Wales
« on: December 20, 2016, 05:53 »
Sheep now outnumber people three to one in Wales



Sheep now outnumber people three to one in Wales, according to the latest figures released by farmers in the region.

The number of sheep grazing in the sparsely populated Welsh mountains and valleys has risen by almost two million over the last seven years, data from the June 2016 Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture revealed.

Annual census figures shows there are currently 9.81 million sheep and lambs in Wales, compared to 3,026,000 people.

But the sheep population is yet to reach its late 1990s high of around 12 million.

The population dropped to a low of around eight million in 2008, but in 2009 it began a steady increase of 3.2 per cent year on year and it is continuing to grow.

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.

Source and more; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/welsh-sheep-outnumber-people-three-to-one-in-wales-annual-census-a7484796.html