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Irish CSO Reports

19 June 2014

Irish CSO Reports: Crops and Livestock Survey June Final Results - June 2014Irish CSO Reports: Crops and Livestock Survey June Final Results - June 2014


Area under cereals down 2.4% in June 2013

The final results for June 2013 show that the area under cereals decreased by 7,600 hectares (-2.4%) to 307,800 ha. The area under winter cereals (wheat, oats and barley) decreased by 48,700 ha (-36.0%), including a drop of 39,200 ha (-46.3%) in winter wheat. The area under spring cereals showed an increase of 40,900 ha (+22.9%) in the same period, with an increase of 31,700 ha (+20.9%) in spring barley. See Table 1.

The results also indicate that the total number of cattle was 6,902,600, an increase of 148,500 (+2.2%) on June 2012. This was mainly due to increases of 102,500 (+13.3%) in male cattle 1 to 2 years, 27,600 (+7.6%) in male cattle 2 years and over and an increase of 48,500 (+5.4%) in female cattle 1 to 2 years. The number of dairy cows also increased by 22,400 (+2.0%). See Table 2.

A comparison with the June 2012 results indicates that:

  • Sheep numbers were down by 59,400 (-1.1%) to 5,110,600. There were decreases of 21,900 (-3.9%) in the number of ewes under 2 years and 41,100 (-1.6%) in non-breeding sheep. See Table 2.

  • Pig numbers dropped by 18,600 (-1.2%) to 1,552,000. The number of breeding pigs was up by 1.2%, while non-breeding pig numbers were down by 1.4%. See Table 2.

  • The area under potatoes increased by 19.4% to 10,700 ha. See Table 1.

A regional analysis of the livestock numbers indicates that the largest number of cattle (1,376,800) was in the South-West region, the largest number of sheep (1,355,800) was in the West region and the largest number of pigs (417,100) was in the Border region. See Tables 4 and 5.

June 2014

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