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Irish CSO Reports

12 July 2012

CSO - Crops and Livestock Survey June 2011CSO - Crops and Livestock Survey June 2011

The final results for June 2011 show that the area under cereals increased by 23,500 hectares (+8.6%) to 297,400 ha. There was an increase in each of the main cereals, with the area under wheat increasing by 16,300 ha (+21.0%), the area under oats increasing by 1,700 ha (+8.6%) and the area under barley increasing by 5,800 ha (+3.3%).

Area under cereals up 8.6% in June 2011

The results also indicate that the total number of sheep increased by 84,500 (+1.8%) to 4,829,950 in June 2011. This was mainly due to an increase of 105,100 (+4.7%) in other sheep (non-breeding). See Table 2 in further report.

A comparison with the June 2010 results indicates that:

  • Cattle numbers decreased by 113,600 (-1.7%) to 6,493,000. There were reductions of 86,900 (-11.4%) in male cattle 1 to 2 years, 80,600 (-15.9%) in male cattle 2 years and over, 35,100 (-3.0%) in other cows and 10,200 (-19.6%) in bulls. See Table 2 in further report.
  • Pig numbers increased by 32,700 (+2.2%) to 1,549,000. The number of breeding pigs decreased by 3.3% while the number of non-breeding pigs increased by 2.8% in the same period. See Table 2 in further report.
  • The area under potatoes decreased by 15.1% to 10,400 ha. See Table 1. A regional analysis of the livestock numbers indicates that the largest number of cattle (1,307,500) was in the South-West region, the largest number of sheep (1,278,700) was in the West region and the largest number of pigs (431,300) was in the Border region.

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