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Crops and Livestock Survey June Provisional Estimates

June 2018

   Total Cereals  Cattle   Sheep
     '000 hectares(ha)  
     '000      '000
June 2017272.47,363.55,197.1
June 2018260.97,348.55,105.5
% change-4.2-0.2-1.8

Area under cereals down 4.2% in June 2018

Figure 1 Percentage change in selected items, June 2017/2018
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Preliminary estimates for June 2018 show that the area under cereals decreased by 11,600 hectares (ha) (-4.2%) to 260,900 ha when compared to June 2017. This was mainly due to a decrease of 9,100 ha (-13.6%) in the area under wheat,  a decrease of 7,300 ha (-11.2%) in the area under winter barley and a decrease of 6,800 ha (-27.6%) in the area under oats. The area under spring barley showed an increase of 11,800 ha (+10.2%). See Table 1 and Figure 2.

The total number of sheep was 5,105,500 a decrease of 91,600 (-1.8%) on June 2017. The number of non-breeding sheep decreased by 75,000 (-2.9%) and breeding sheep decreased by 16,600 (-0.6%). See Table 3.

The June 2018 results also show that:

  • Total cattle numbers were down by 15,000 (-0.2%) to 7,348,500. See Table 2.
  • The number of dairy cows was up by 48,200 (+3.4%), while other cows dropped by 33,100 (-3.1%). See Table 2.
  • The total number of cattle 2 years and over increased by 23,700 (+3.0%), while cattle under 1 year decreased by 52,600 (-2.5%). See Table 2.
  • The area under potatoes decreased by 10.8% to 8,200 ha. See Table 1.