2012 has been a year of highs and lows for faming (some might say more lows!).

To celebrate the end of another year in agriculture, Farmers Weekly has picked out the highlights in figures from the agricultural commodity market.

biz farming numbers graphic

The numbers explained

Milk producers
The number of milk producers in the UK at the end of 2012. This is a fall of 1% or 219 producers in the last 12 months.

Lamb
This year’s highest lamb price set in the first week of April, down almost 60p/kg from 2011’s record.

Potatoes
Overall production which is down by a quarter on 2011 – the lowest since 1976.

Pigs
The average Deadweight All Pigs Price in November – the highest monthly average on record.

Borrowing
Amount borrowed by UK farms from banks at the end of September, compared with £12.5bn in 2011.

Oilseed rape
Size of the UK’s oilseed rape crop in 2012, 7% down on 2011.

Wheat
Size of the UK wheat crop in 2012, down 13% on 2011.

Red diesel
The average price on the Farmers Weekly/NFU Inputs Price Monitor in October – on a par with 2011.
 
Steers
Price range for GB R4L steers this year from lowest point in Jan to highest in November.

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