Proportion of local livestock breeds classified as being at risk of extinction

This indicator was revised following indicator changes from the United Nations 2020 Comprehensive Review. The indicator from before these revisions has been archived.


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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Figures for 2021 and 2022 are currently estimated.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Proportion of local livestock breeds classified as being at risk of extinction

Indicator description

The indicator presents the percentage of livestock breeds classified as being at risk of extinctions at a certain moment in time, as well as the trends for those percentages.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


A breed is considered to be at risk if it has been classified as either critical, critical maintained, endangered, endangered-maintained or vulnerable. To find the full definitions for each of these categories please see the Global metadata.

Available disaggregations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.

Other information

Data for the UK is entered into the Domestic Animal Diversity - Information System (DAD-IS) system by DEFRA. Raw data is Available from the UK farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR) - breed inventory.

Please note that local breeds that have unknown risk status are excluded from calculations. Information on numbers of breeds classified at risk and unknown can be found in the source data. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 22 April 2022
Metadata last updated 10 May 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of local breeds classified as being at risk of extinction

Target name

By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 01 February 2022
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Statistical classification

Official statistic

Contact details

Other information

Data are entered onto the global system by DEFRA. To obtain the data, download dataset “Proportion of local breeds at risk of extinction” and filter by United Kingdom.

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