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Irish CSO Reports

15 May 2015

Irish CSO Reports - Crops and Livestock Survey, June 2014Irish CSO Reports - Crops and Livestock Survey, June 2014


Cattle numbers up 0.3% in June 2014

The final results for June 2014 show that the total number of cattle was 6,926,100, an increase of 23,500 (+0.3%) on June 2013. The number of Dairy cows increased by 63,200 (+5.4%), while Other cows decreased by 21,200 (-1.8%). 

The results also indicate that the number of sheep increased by 89,700 (+1.8%) to 5,096,800. There were increases of 147,000 (+6.2%) in Other sheep and 31,500 (+1.6%) in Ewes 2 years and over. 

A comparison with the June 2013 results also indicates that:

  • The area under cereals decreased by 1,100 hectares (-0.4%) to 306,700 ha. The area under spring cereals (wheat, oats and barley) fell by 49,400 ha (-22.5%), while winter cereals increased by 48,600 ha (+56.0%)
  • The area under potatoes dropped by 11.9% to 9,500 ha. 
  • Pig numbers were up by 2,700 (+0.2%) to 1,554,700. The number of breeding pigs was up by 2.5%, while non-breeding pig numbers were down slightly by 0.1%.

A regional analysis of the livestock numbers indicates that the largest number of cattle (1,389,400) was in the South-West region, the largest number of sheep (1,355,600) was in the West region and the largest number of pigs (407,800) was in the Border region.

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