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Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates

June 2013

   Total Cereals  Cattle   Sheep
  '000 hectares  
     '000      '000
June 2012315.46,754.15,170.0
June 2013303.36,902.65,076.9
% change-3.82.2-1.8

Area under cereals down 3.8% in June 2013

Figure 1 - Percentage change in selected items, June 2012/2013
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Preliminary estimates for June 2013 show that the area under cereals decreased by12,100 hectares (-3.8%) to 303,300 ha.  This was due to combined decreases in each of the winter cereals (wheat, oats and barley), including a drop of 40,000 ha (-47.3%) in winter wheat. The area under spring cereals increased by 37,700 ha, with an increase of 29,400 ha (+19.4%) in spring barley. See Table 1

The total number of cattle increased by 148,500 (+2.2%) to 6,902,600. This was mainly due to increases of 102,500 (+13.3%) in male cattle 1 to 2 years, 27,600 (+7.6%) in male cattle 2 years and over and 22,400 (+2.0%) in dairy cows. See Table 2.

The June 2013 results also show that:

  • Sheep numbers decreased by 93,100 (-1.8%) to 5,076,900. Other sheep (non-breeding) decreased by 72,100 (-2.9%) and breeding sheep decreased by 21,000 (-0.8%). See Table 3.
  • The area under potatoes increased by 14.6% to 10,300 ha. See Table 1.
Table 1 Area under Crops
DescriptionJune 2011June 2012June 2013   Change 2012 - 2013
' 000 hectares' 000 hectares%
Wheat - total94.298.059.5-38.5-39.3
   Winter wheat77.784.644.6-40.0-47.3
   Spring wheat16.413.514.91.510.8
Oats - total21.423.725.92.29.5
   Winter oats9.09.95.3-4.6-46.3
   Spring oats12.413.820.66.849.4
Barley - total180.6192.8216.824.012.5
   Winter barley35.941.035.6-5.4-13.1
   Spring barley144.8151.8181.129.419.4
Other cereals1.
Total cereals297.4315.4303.3-12.1-3.8
Table 2 Number of Cattle
DescriptionJune 2011June 2012June 2013   Change 2012 - 2013
' 000 ' 000 %
Total cattle6,493.06,754.16,902.6148.52.2
      Dairy cows11,116.91,140.81,
      Other cows1,123.31,148.61,
      Cattle male: 2 years and over425.5360.6388.227.67.6
      Cattle female: 2 years and over411.9372.0380.18.12.2
      Cattle male: 1-2 years673.4770.2872.7102.513.3
      Cattle female: 1-2 years854.7889.8938.348.55.4
      Cattle male: under 1 year891.91,023.2959.2-63.9-6.2
      Cattle female: under 1 year953.61,012.81,009.3-3.6-0.4
   Total cattle male2,032.72,190.12,261.571.53.3
   Total cattle female 4,460.34,564.14,641.177.11.7
1 Dairy cows are those kept principally to produce milk for human consumption.
2 Bulls used for breeding purposes only.
Table 3 Number of Sheep
DescriptionJune 2011June 2012June 2013   Change 2012 - 2013
' 000 ' 000 %
Total sheep4,830.05,170.05,076.9-93.1-1.8
   Breeding sheep2,508.92,667.02,646.0-21.0-0.8
      Ewes: 2 years and over1,939.12,027.92,018.4-9.5-0.5
      Ewes: under 2 years496.1561.4547.0-14.4-2.6
   Other sheep2,321.02,503.02,430.9-72.1-2.9

Background Notes



This release presents provisional estimates of land utilisation and livestock numbers in June 2013 at State level. The estimates for sheep are based on returns from the 2013 June sample survey of agricultural holdings, conducted by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The estimates for cattle and for crops are obtained from administrative data from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Coverage  Farms where the agricultural area used was at least one hectare (2.47 acres) are included in the June Agricultural Sample Survey. Farms with less than one hectare may also be included if they were engaged in intensive production. 


Crops  The results for crops are based on data obtained from the DAFM Single Payment Scheme.

Cattle  The results for cattle are obtained from DAFM’s Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) system, formerly known as the Cattle Movement Monitoring System (CMMS). This system was introduced at the beginning of 2000 and involves electronically recording data on animal movements. Information on cattle numbers and on flows into and out of the cattle population has been available from this system since December 2002. 

Sheep  The June 2013 results for sheep are based on the trends obtained by comparing the returns from the 2013 sample with the 2012 returns for the same 5,700 farms and applying these trends to the June 2012 figures.

As the figures in the text and tables have been rounded to the nearest 100 units, there may be slight discrepancies between the sum (or difference) of the constituent items and the total shown. Percentage changes have been calculated on actual figures.



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