As at 1 June the Welsh flock grew by 2%, to 10 million head, according to the final June survey results released by the Welsh Government. This is the largest national flock size at this point of year since 2002. The number of lambs under 1 year on farm at 1 June totalled 4.9 million, a 4% rise on the year and the highest number since 2000.
The number of ewes intended for breeding this autumn increased by 1% on the year, to 4.7 million. The number of ewes intended for slaughter fell by almost 2% to 312 thousand head, which is in line with other reports that ewe cullings are down this year compared to 2016.
The final UK June survey results are due to be published by Defra in December.