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Number of Farms
- In 2013, there were 139,600 farms in Ireland.
- Almost 53% (73,600) of farms were located in the BMW region.
- The average farm size was 32.5 hectares.
- Farms were generally smaller in the BMW, averaging 27.1 hectares, compared to 38.6 hectares in the SE region.
- The Mid-East and Dublin region had the smallest number of farms (10,500) but the largest average farm size (43 hectares).
- Almost 43% of farms in Ireland were less than 20 hectares in size.
- Half of all farms in the BMW region were less than 20 hectares, while just over one in ten were 50 hectares and over.
- In the SE region, approximately one-third of farms were less than 20 hectare, while one quarter were 50 hectares and over.
- Over 71% of farms of over 100 hectares were located in the SE region, while over 61% of farms of less than 10 hectares were in the BMW.
- Specialist beef production was the most common type of farming in Ireland, with 78,800 (56.4%) of farms falling into this category.
- Specialist dairying (15,600) and specialist sheep farms (15,000) were the next most prominent types of farming.
- At national level, farms with the highest average number of hectares were those engaged in mixed crops and livestock (58.7 hectares), specialist tillage (56.8 hectares) and specialist dairying (55.9 hectares).
- In 2013, the average Standard Output per farm was €35,912.
- The largest level of output was in the South-East region (€62,792), while the lowest was recorded in the West (€15,321).
- At national level, almost four out of every ten farms (37.4%) had a Standard Output of less than €8,000 per annum, while fewer than one in five (17.2%) had a Standard Output of €50,000 and greater.
- Of the 24,000 farms with a Standard Output of €50,000 or more, three-quarters were located in the SE region.
- Six out of ten farms with a Standard Output of less than €8000 were in the BMW region.
- Almost 90% (89.4%) of farms with less than 10 hectares had a standard output of less than €8,000 in 2013.
- A small number of farms (300) with low levels of land (less than 10 hectares) had large Standard Outputs of €50,000 and more. These tend to be specialist farms, such as mushroom growing.
- In general, the larger the farm the greater the level of Standard Output. Farms with a standard output of €100,000 or more, had on average 81.6 hectares. At the lower end of the scale, farms with very low levels of Standard Output (less than €4,000) had an average farm size of just 10.6 hectares.
- 90% of specialist dairy farms had a Standard Output of at least €50,000 and more while 60% of such farms had an output of €100,000 and more.
- Almost one half of all specialist sheep farms had a standard output of less than €8,000.
Show Table: 1.1 Number of farms by Farm Size (AAU) and Region 2013
Show Table: 1.2 Number of farms by Farm Type and Region 2013
Show Table: 1.3 Number of farms by Economic Size and Region 2013
Show Table: 1.4 Number of farms classified by farm size (AAU) and type of farm - 2013
Show Table: Table 1.5 Number of farms classified by farm size (AAU) and economic size (SO) - 2013
Show Table: Table 1.6 Number of farms classified by economic size (SO) and type of farm - 2013
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