Tuesday, 28 July 2020

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Matt Carthy

Question:

696. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farms here, within bands (details supplied), by county, in tabular form. [19217/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The CSO's 2016 Farm Structures Survey provides detailed information on the number of farms by size on a regional basis. The average farm size in 2016 was 32.4 hectares. However, farms in the Border Midlands and West region averaged 27.1 hectares in 2016, compared to 38.3 hectares in the South and East region. Data on farm size by county is not readily available.

Tables 1 provides a breakdown of the number of farms (Thousand) by farm size and region, based on CSO data.

Area of crops by region

2019

State

Northern and Western

Border

West

Southern

Mid-West

South-East

South-West

Eastern and Midland

Dublin and Mid-East

Midland

Area farmed (AAU)

4,524.4

1,516.9

669.7

847.2

2,025.7

740.0

487.9

797.8

981.8

523.5

458.3

Crops and pasture

4,002.8

1,272.6

544.5

728.1

1,829.4

695.5

467.1

666.8

900.8

474.9

425.9

Pasture

2,376.7

882.7

371.1

511.6

1,010.5

410.2

227.0

373.2

483.5

243.5

240.1

Hay

180.8

50.6

21.9

28.7

82.6

48.8

17.0

16.8

47.6

24.5

23.1

Grass silage

1,088.7

320.0

142.1

177.9

559.8

209.3

123.4

227.1

209.0

84.3

124.6

Total crops, fruit and horticulture

356.7

19.3

9.4

9.9

176.6

27.1

99.8

49.7

160.7

122.6

38.1

Beans and peas

8.1

0.1

-

-

3.8

0.3

2.8

0.8

4.3

3.5

0.7

Oilseed rape

9.2

0.1

-

-

3.5

0.9

2.2

0.3

5.7

4.9

0.8

Number of Cattle in June (000 Head) by Region and County, year and type of

Type of Cattle

Total cattle

Cows

Dairy cows

Other cows

Bulls

Cattle

Total cattle: male

Total cattle: female

2019

State

7,209

2,505

1,505

1,000

8

2,192

2,235

4,974

Northern and Western

1,736

570

172

398

3

593

548

1,188

Border

800

276

108

168

1

247

242

557

Leitrim

62

25

2

24

0

11

15

47

Sligo

111

39

8

31

0

34

32

79

Cavan

229

82

39

43

0

64

65

164

Donegal

185

62

22

39

0

62

63

122

Monaghan

212

68

37

32

0

76

68

144

West

936

294

65

230

2

346

305

631

Galway

445

139

38

101

1

167

148

298

Mayo

279

93

18

75

0

92

86

192

Roscommon

212

62

8

54

0

87

72

141

Southern

3,899

1,467

1,085

382

3

962

1,153

2,746

Mid-West

1,426

490

328

163

1

444

471

955

Clare

288

104

34

71

1

79

93

195

Limerick

438

155

119

36

0

127

138

300

Tipperary

700

231

175

56

1

238

240

460

South-East

1,035

375

277

98

1

284

316

719

Carlow

105

32

17

15

0

41

36

69

Kilkenny

365

125

94

32

0

114

122

243

Wexford

267

106

86

20

0

55

73

194

Waterford

299

111

80

31

0

76

86

213

South-West

1,439

602

481

121

1

235

366

1,073

Cork

1,093

454

379

74

1

186

285

808

Kerry

346

148

102

47

0

49

81

264

Eastern and Midland

1,574

468

247

220

2

636

533

1,040

Dublin

24

7

3

4

-

10

7

17

Dublin and Mid-East

713

221

129

92

1

271

232

481

Kildare

145

38

19

19

0

69

56

89

Louth

93

30

18

12

0

34

28

65

Meath

324

101

64

37

0

122

105

219

Wicklow

128

46

25

21

0

36

36

92

Midland

861

247

119

128

1

366

302

559

Laois

259

78

46

32

0

103

95

164

Longford

114

36

10

25

0

43

38

76

Offaly

256

64

33

31

0

127

94

162

Westmeath

231

69

30

40

0

93

74

158

Cattle results have been obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) AIM system. Dairy cows are those kept principally to produce milk for human consumption.

Bulls used for breeding purposes only. The regional composition is based on the new NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units) classification which came into effect on 1st January 2018 following an Amendment of the EU NUTS legislation.

Number of Livestock in June (000 Head) by Region, Year and Type of

2019

Total sheep

Total pigs

Total poultry

Total horses and ponies

Total mules, jennets and asses

Total goats

Total farmed deer

State

5,146

1,616

..

82

9.8

8.7

..

Northern and Western

2,468

475

..

24.2

5.3

3

..

Border

1,039

435

..

5.7

2.2

1.5

..

West

1,429

40

..

18.5

3.2

1.5

..

Southern

1,476

731

..

33.9

3.5

3.6

..

Mid-West

227

200

..

11.1

1.9

1.8

..

South-East

549

240

..

12.8

0.4

0.7

..

South-West

700

291

..

10.1

1.1

1.1

..

Eastern and Midland

1,202

410

..

23.9

1

2

..

Dublin and Mid-East

905

117

..

16.8

0.4

1.2

..

Midland

296

293

..

7

0.6

0.9

..

.. indicates that the observation is missing or fall under the limit of discretion/uncertainty.