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CSO statistical release, 09 March 2018, 11am

Livestock Survey December

December 2017

       Livestock Numbers 
  Cattle   Pigs
 '000
20166,613.41,527.8
20176,673.61,616.4
% change+0.9+5.8

Cattle Numbers up 0.9% in December 2017

Figure 1
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The results of the December 2017 Livestock Survey show that the total number of cattle was 6,673,600 an increase of 60,200 (+0.9%) on December 2016. The number of Dairy cows increased by 48,100 (+3.7%), while Other cows decreased by 23,700 (-2.3%). Cattle 2 years and over (excluding cows and bulls) increased by 18,400 (+4.6%). See Table 1.

The total number of pigs increased by 5.8% to 1,616,400. Non-breeding pigs increased by 6.2%, while breeding pigs increased by 2.4%. See Table 2.

Estimates for sheep in 2017 are now based on data from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) National Sheep & Goat Census undertaken in December 2017.  The provisional estimates from the census show that the total number of sheep was 3,900,800, with 2,742,300 breeding sheep and 1,158,400 non-breeding sheep. See Table 3.

See Background Notes for further details on DAFM National Sheep & Goat Census and the break in series in respect of sheep.