TABLE 2:

Information about questionnaire respondents overall and specified for dairy and beef respondents. Variance in denominators relates to questions not filled in by respondents

 Respondent type
% (n)*Dairy % (n)Beef % (n)
Gender
 Male82 (180/220)88 (95/108)76 (70/92)
 Female18 (40/220)12 (13/108)24 (22/92)
Role on farm†
 Senior (e.g., owner, herdsman, herd manager)74 (164/222)74 (84/113)77 (68/88)
 Junior (e.g., worker)26 (58/222)26 (29/113)23 (20/88)
Farm size†
 Small (<81 adult cattle)35 (77/219)10 (11/114)69 (59/86)
 Medium (81–160 adult cattle)29 (63/219)36 (41/114)21 (18/86)
 Large (>160 adult cattle)36 (79/219)54 (62/114)10 (9/86)
Age
 Less than 30 years26 (59/227)23 (26/114)27 (25/92)
 31–50 years46 (104/227)52 (59/114)43 (40/92)
 51 years or over28 (64/227)25 (29/114)29 (27/92)
Highest level of education
 School education25 (56/226)26 (29/113)21 (19/91)
 Further education (e.g., OND, HND, NDA)49 (111/226)51 (58/113)47 (43/91)
 Higher education (e.g., BSc, MSc)26 (59/226)23 (26/113)32 (29/91)
Response format
 Online50 (133/266)29 (33/114)64 (59/92)
 Post50 (133/266)71 (81/114)36 (33/92)
Location
 North England10 (22/224)12 (13/111)11 (10/92)
 South England31 (69/224)31 (34/111)27 (25/92)
 Midlands20 (45/224)25 (28/111)14 (13/92)
 Wales31 (69/224)30 (33/111)29 (27/92)
 Scotland and Northern Ireland8 (18/224)2 (2/111)18 (17/92)
Estimated milk yield (litres/cow/year)
 Range4700 to 10,700
 Mean (median)7733 (8000)
  • *Includes dairy, beef, mixed and unallocated respondents

  • †Data derived from open questions with responses grouped using thematic analysis methods

  • HND, Higher National Diploma; NDA, National Diploma of Agriculture; OND: Ordinary National Diploma.