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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Livestock Survey December

December 2020

       Livestock Numbers
  Cattle PigsSheep
 '000
20196,559.71,613.33,809.4
20206,529.41,678.63,862.5
% change-0.54.01.4

Pig Numbers up 4% in December 2020

Figure 1
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The results of the December 2020 Livestock Survey show that pig numbers increased by 4.0% to 1,678,600. Breeding pigs increased by 2.0% and non-breeding pigs increased by 4.3%. See Table 2.

The provisional estimate for the total number of sheep was 3,862,500, an increase of 53,100 (+1.4%) on December 2019. The number of breeding sheep increased by 58,100 (+2.2%) and other sheep decreased by 5,000 (-0.4%). See Table 3.

The total number of cattle decreased by 30,200 (-0.5%) to 6,529,400. The number of dairy cows increased by 30,300 (+2.1%) while other cows decreased by 34,200 (-3.6%). The total number of cattle under 1 increased by 94,200 (+4.8%) while cattle 2 years and over (excluding cows and bulls) decreased by 85,900 (-19.9%). See Table 1.