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CSO statistical release, 20 September 2017, 11am

Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates

June 2017

   Total Cereals  Cattle   Sheep
     '000 hectares(ha)  
     '000      '000
June 2016281.17,221.25,179.2
June 2017272.27,363.55,252.9
% change-3.2+2.0+1.4

Area under cereals down 3.2% in June 2017

Figure 1  Percentage change in selected items, June 2016/2017
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Preliminary estimates for June 2017 show that the area under cereals decreased by 8,900 hectares (-3.2%) to 272,200 ha. This was principally due to a decrease of 9,700 ha (-12.9%) in the area under winter barley and a decrease of 900 ha (-1.3%) in the area under wheat. See Table 1 and Figure 2.

The total number of cattle was 7,363,500, an increase 142,300 (+2.0%) on June 2016. The number of Cattle 2 years and over (excluding cows and bulls) increased by 72,600 (+10.1%), Cattle 1-2 years increased by 60,700 (+3.3%) and Dairy Cows increased by 34,800 (+2.5%). See Table 2.

The June 2017 results also show that:

  • Total sheep numbers were up by 73,700 (+1.4%) to 5,252,900. See Table 3.
  • Non-breeding sheep were up 2.5% and breeding sheep up 0.3%. See Table 3.