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Cattle

  • There was a total of 7.2 million cattle on 109,400 farms in Ireland, giving an average herd size of 66 cattle.
  • Over 60% of the cattle were located on 52,000 farms in the SE region, where the average herd size was 87 cattle.
  • Farms located in the BMW region had a smaller average herd size of 47 cattle.
  • There were 1.4 million Dairy cows, of which almost 80% were in the SE region.

Sheep

  • There was a total of 5.1 million sheep in Ireland in 2016 held on 36,800 farms, an average flock size of 140 sheep per farm.
  • While the overall number of sheep in the SE region (2.3 million) was less than in the BMW region (2.9 million), the average flock size was over 50% larger, 182 sheep compared to 118 sheep.
  • The highest number of sheep was in the West with just over 1.4 million, representing more than one quarter of the total national flock (27.3%).

Pigs and Poultry

  • In 2016 there were 1.6 million pigs on 1,300 farms in Ireland, an average of 1,234 pigs per farm.
  • Almost one third of all pigs (481,900) were located in the Border region.
  • The largest average number of pigs per farm was in the Midlands (2,833).
  • There was over 11 million poultry in Ireland in 2016, the vast majority of which (71.6%), were in the BMW region. Average flock size in the BMW (1,760 birds per farm) was over double that in the SE region (681 birds per farm), with a particular concentration in the Border region (4,720 birds per farm).
  • Both pig and poultry farming continued to be an intensive activity carried out by a small number of specialised producers.

 

                                              Table 4.6 was updated on the 1st of March 2019 to correct farm type values.

Table 4.1 Cattle: Number of farms and number of animals in each region and county - 2016

Table 4.1 (cont'd) Cattle: Number of farms and number of animals in each region - 2016

Table 4.1 (cont'd) Cattle: Number of farms and number of animals in each region - 2016

Table 4.2 Sheep: Number of farms and number of animals in each region - 2016

Table 4.3 Other Sheep & goats: Number of farms and number of animals in each region - 2016

Table 4.4 Pigs: Number of farms and number of animals in each region - 2016

Table 4.5 Poultry: Number of farms and number of birds in each region - 2016

Table 4.6 Number of farms with livestock classified by livestock size unit (LSU) and type of farm 2016

Table 4.7 Number of farms with livestock classified by farm size (AAU) and livestock size unit (LSU) - 2016

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