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26 September 2014

Irish CSO Reports Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional EstimatesIrish CSO Reports Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates


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Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates

Preliminary estimates for June 2014 show that total sheep numbers have decreased by 121,300 (-2.4%) to 4,989,200. This was due to reductions of 84,400 (-15.6%) in ewes under 2 years, 62,800 (-2.5%) in other sheep (non-breeding) and 7,100 (-8.8%) in rams. See Table 3. The area under cereals decreased by 3,800 hectares (-1.2%) to 304,000 ha. The area under spring cereals (wheat, oats and barley) decreased by 50,800 ha (-23.1%) including a drop of 12,900 ha (-60.7%) in spring oats. The area under winter cereals showed an increase of 47,300 ha (+54.5%) in the same period, with an increase of 4,700 ha (+87.9%) in winter oats. See Table 1.

Sheep numbers down 2.4% in June 2014

The June 2014 results also show that:

  • Cattle numbers were up by 23,500 (+0.3%) to 6,926,100. See Table 2.
  • The total number of cattle 2 years and over increased by 116,000 (+15.1%), while cattle under 1 year decreased by 90,100 (-4.6%). See Table 2.
  • The number of dairy cows was up by 63,200 (+5.4%), while other cows dropped by 21,200 (-1.8%). See Table 2.
  • The area under potatoes decreased by 10.8% to 9,600 ha. See Table 1.

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