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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Livestock Survey December

December 2019

       Livestock Numbers
  Cattle PigsSheep
 '000
20186,593.51,572.23,798.5
20196,559.71,613.33,908.3
% change-0.5+2.6+2.9

Sheep Numbers up 2.9% in December 2019

Figure 1
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The results of the December 2019 Livestock Survey show that the provisional estimate for the total number of sheep was 3,908,300 an increase of 109,800 (+2.9%) on December 2018. The number of Other sheep increased by 76,700 (+6.9%) and breeding sheep increased by 33,100 (+1.2%). See Table 3.

Pig numbers increased by 2.6% to 1,613,300. Breeding pigs increased by 1.4% and non-breeding pigs increased by 2.7%. See Table 2.

The total number of cattle decreased by 33,800 (-0.5%) to 6,559,700. The number of dairy cows increased by 56,700 (+4.1%) while other cows decreased by 25,500 (-2.6%). The total number of cattle under 1 decreased by 37,500 (-1.9%) while cattle 2 years and over (excluding cows and bulls) increased by 23,000 (+5.2%). See Table 1.