Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (629)

Jack Wall

Question:

629. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will confirm the numbers of Galway sheep recorded last year; the breakdown of the number of females in the total number; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8763/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

There is a legal requirement on all flock owners to complete and return the annual Sheep Census form. While the closing date for the return to my Department of completed 2012 Sheep Census forms had initially been fixed for 11 January 2013, I subsequently decided to extend the closing date to 25 January 2013 in order to give farmers sufficient time to complete and return the Census, as I was particularly mindful of the additional data farmers are being asked to provide. Processing of these forms is ongoing and it will be some time yet before the statistics from the 2012 Census will become available; the Deputy will be aware that a comprehensive report is published annually, following processing of the Census returns.

The figures from the 2011 Sheep Census for County Galway were as follows:

Number of flocks

Average flock size

Breeding Ewes over 12 months old

Rams

Other sheep

Total sheep

4,121

94

260,028

8,226

120,938

389,082