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Crops and Livestock Survey June Final Results

June 2019

   Total Cereals  Cattle   Sheep
     '000 hectares(ha)  
     '000      '000
June 2018261.67,348.55,109.3
June 2019267.77,208.65,145.8
% change+2.3-1.9+0.7

Number of Cattle down 139,900 (-1.9%) in June 2019

Figure 1 CLSJF2019 - Percentage change in selected items June 2018/2019
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The final results for June 2019 show that the total number of cattle decreased by 139,900 (-1.9%) to 7,208,600 when compared to June 2018. The total number of male cattle decreased by 112,000 (-4.8%) while the total number of female cattle decreased by 27,900 (-0.6%). See Table 2.

The total number of male cattle under 1 year decreased by 58,500 (-5.9%) and the total number of female cattle under 1 year decreased by 11,800 (-1.1%). See Table 2. 

A comparison with the June 2018 results show that:

  • Pig numbers decreased by 6,000 (-0.4%) to 1,616,000. Breeding pigs decreased by 5,300 (-3.6%) and other pigs decreased by 600. See Table 2.
  • Sheep numbers rose by 36,500 (+0.7%) to 5,145,800. Breeding sheep decreased by 69,000 (-2.7%) to 2,496,500 while other sheep rose by 105,400 (+4.1%) to 2,649,300. See Table 2. 

The area under cereals increased by 6,100 hectares (ha) (+2.3%) to 267,700 ha.  The area under wheat increased by 5,500 ha (+9.5 %). The area under oats increased by 6,000 ha (+34%). The area under barley decreased by 5,800 ha (-3.2%). See Table 1.

A regional analysis of the livestock numbers shows that the largest number of cattle (1,438,900) was in the South-West region, the largest number of sheep (1,428,600) was in the West region and the largest number of pigs (434,700) was in the Border region. See Tables 4 and 5.

From the 1st January 2018 an Amendment of the EU NUTS legislation came into effect. This reflects the new regional assembly structure and other changes to the Local Government Act for Tipperary North, Tipperary South and Limerick and Waterford City and Councils. For the composition of the new Regions breakdown and further information see background notes.

Pasture and rough grazing values for 2017 have been revised due to consistency checks with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Basic Payment Scheme.