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Date Last Updated: 25-01-2019

Survey Name:

Pig Survey

Survey purpose:

To compile data on the total number of pigs in the country, broken down into breeding stock and fatteners and their respective subcategories

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Regulation (EC)No.1165/2008 concerning livestock and meat statistics



Statistical Population:

Specialised pig farms (mostly intensive units)

Sampling Frame:

In essence a stand-alone CSO register is used, which holds all identifiable specialised pig farms in the State

Reference Area:

State and region

Time Coverage:


Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not applicable

Survey Size:

The survey is a census of the larger pig farms which are responsible for the vast majority of pig farming within the state (approximately 320 specialised pig farms surveyed)

Principal Variables:

Breeding pigs: Boars, Sows in pig, Gilts in pig, Other sows for breeding, Gilts not yet served Fattening pigs: Pigs 110kg and above, Pigs 80-110kg, Pigs 50-80kg, Pigs 20-50kg, Pigs under 20kg

Principal External Users:

Government, Eurostat, Media, Researchers, Teagasc (the Agriculture and Food Development Authority)

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Paul Deane

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Eamonn Dorney, Kevin Sheppard, Ed Ross, Don Deane, Debbie Murray

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000