The number of total poultry farmed organically in the United Kingdom increased by 8.5 % between 2016 and 2017, rising to just over 3 million birds. However, this equates to 1.7% of the total UK poultry population.
In the red meat sector, sheep reared organically increased by 5.5% to 887 thousand animals in 2017. Organically reared cattle numbers saw a decrease of 7.4% from 296 thousand in 2016 to 274 thousand animals in 2017. The number of pigs reared organically saw the largest proportional increase, rising from 31 thousand animals in 2016 to almost 59 thousand animals in 2017.
Thursday May 17, 2018/ DEFRA/ United Kingdom.