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Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates

June 2019

   Total Cereals  Cattle   Sheep
     '000 hectares(ha)  
     '000      '000
June 2018261.67,348.55,109.3
June 2019266.77,208.65,142.4
% change+2.0-1.9+0.6

Area under cereals down 6.4% in June 2019

Figure 1 Percentage change in Selected Item June 2018/2019
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Preliminary estimates for June 2019 show that the area under cereals decreased by 16,600 hectares (ha) (-6.4%) to 245,000 ha when compared to June 2018. This was mainly due to a decrease of 35,500 ha (-27.9%) in the area under spring barley. The area under barley fell by 18,700 ha (-10.1%) and the area under wheat fell by 2,300 (-4.0%). Meanwhile, the area under oats rose by 4,200 ha (+23.7%). This rise was primarily driven by an increase of 5,100 ha (+49.7%) in the area under winter oats. See Table 1 and Figure 2.

The total cattle numbers were down by 139,900 (-1.9%) to 7,208,600. The number of other cows dropped by 48,200 (-4.6%), while the number of dairy cows was up by 23,900 (+1.6%). The total number of cattle less than 2 years decreased by 128,400 (-3.2%). At the same time, the number of cattle 2 years and over increased by 16,100 (+2.0%). See Table 2.

The June 2019 results also show that:

  • The total number of sheep was 5,142,400, representing an increase of 33,000 (+0.6%) on June 2018. See Table 3.
  • The number of non-breeding sheep increased by 116,600 (+4.6%) and the number of breeding sheep decreased by 83,600 (-3.3%). See Table 3.
  • The area under potatoes decreased by 13.4% to 7,100 ha. See Table 1.