Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1003)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

1003. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the strength of the national beef herd, dairy herd, pig herd and the sheep flock; the extent to which numbers have fluctuated over the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14255/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The CSO's June Livestock Survey includes the information below for the years 2008-2018:

000 head

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total cattle

6,902

6,891

6,607

6,493

6,754

- of which: Dairy cows

1,095

1,097

1,071

1,117

1,141

-of which: Other cows

1,220

1,204

1,158

1,123

1,149

Total sheep

5,061

4,778

4,745

4,830

5,170

of which: Ewes

2,614

2,451

2,450

2,435

2,589

Total pigs

1,462

1,385

1,516

1,549

1,571

of which: Female breeding pigs

156

147

160

155

145

000 head

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

*2018

Total cattle

6,903

6,926

6,964

7,221

7,364

7,348

- of which: Dairy cows

1,163

1,226

1,296

1,398

1,433

1,481

-of which: Other cows

1,150

1,129

1,076

1,104

1,081

1,048

Total sheep

5,007

5,097

5,139

5,179

5,197

5,106

of which: Ewes

2,568

2,514

2,488

2,505

2,515

2,499

Total pigs

1,553

1,555

1,537

1,594

1,557

1,621

of which: Female breeding pigs

147

150

148

149

143

149

* 2018 data is based on the CSO June Provisional Livestock Survey (except for Porcine figures). The final CSO report for this period will be published on 17 April 2019.

More detailed data from the CSO's June and December Livestock Surveys each year is available at the following link: https://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/agriculture/cropsandlivestockjunefinalresults/.