Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (344)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

344. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the current strength of the national beef herd; the degree to which the numbers have fluctuated in the past ten years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7755/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The CSO's Livestock Survey (June) includes the information below for the years 2010-2019:

(000 head)

Total cattle

Dairy cows

Other cows

2010

6,607

1,071

1,158

2011

6,493

1,117

1,123

2012

6,754

1,141

1,149

2013

6,903

1,163

1,150

2014

6,926

1,226

1,129

2015

6,964

1,296

1,076

2016

7,221

1,398

1,104

2017

7,364

1,433

1,081

2018

7,349

1,481

1,048

2019

7,209

1,505

1,000

Provisional figures for 2020 show that the total cattle numbers increased by 105,800 (+1.5%) to 7,314,400. The number of other cows dropped by 16,500 (-1.6%), while the number of dairy cows was up by 62,900 (+4.2%). Final 2020 data will be published by the CSO later this year.

More detailed data from the CSO's June and December Livestock Surveys each year is available at the following links:

https://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/agriculture/cropsandlivestockjunefinalresults

https://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/clsjp/cropsandlivestocksurveyjuneprovisional2020/