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Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates

June 2021

   Total Cereals  Cattle   Sheep
     '000 hectares(ha)  
     '000      '000
June 2020266.67314.45531.1
June 2021272.07358.95609.4
% change+2.0+0.6+1.4

Area under cereals up 2% in June 2021

Figure 1 Percentage Change in Selected Items June 2020-2021
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Preliminary estimates for June 2021 show that the area under cereals increased by 5,400 hectares (ha) (+2.0%) to 272,000 ha when compared to June 2020. 

The area under wheat increased by 14,400 (+30.6%) to 61,400 ha while the area under oats increased by 2,400 ha (+9.3%) to 27,800 ha. The area under barley decreased by 12,100 ha (-6.3%) to 181,100 ha.

The area under potatoes decreased by 300 (ha) (-3.5%) to 8,600 ha. 

See Table 1 and Figure 2.

The total cattle numbers were up by 44,500 (+0.6%) to 7,358,900. The number of dairy cows was up by 36,800 (+2.4%) while the number of other cows dropped by 43,000 (-4.4%). The total number of cattle less than 2 years increased by 132,700 (+3.4%). In contrast, the number of cattle 2 years and over decreased by 80,300 (-10.1%). See Table 2.

The June 2021 results also show that sheep numbers increased by 78,300 (+1.4%) to 5,609,400. 

  • Breeding sheep increased by 115,400 (+4.1%). 
  • Other sheep (non-breeding sheep) decreased by 37,200 (-1.4%). 
  • Ram numbers remained relatively unchanged with a 0.2% increase. See Table 3.