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Livestock Numbers.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Ceisteanna (196, 197, 198)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

193 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of animals in the dairy herd; the degree to which this has fluctuated over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12179/10]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

194 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of animals in the beef herd; the degree to which this has fluctuated over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12180/10]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

195 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of cattle, sheep and pigs in the country; the extent to which this has fluctuated over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12181/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 193 to 195, inclusive, together.

The CSO publishes detailed statistics with regards to livestock numbers in Ireland. The December Livestock Survey is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie and presents estimates of numbers of livestock in December 2008 at State level. The table below present the data from the last 5 December 2008 Livestock Surveys outlining absolute numbers of livestock over the period and the total percentage change over the period.

Farm Animals in December (Thousand) by Type of Animal and Year

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

% Change 2004-2008

Dairy cows1

1121.8

1101.1

1087.1

1087.5

1104.8

-1.5%

Dairy heifers in calf2

238

236.3

220.5

212.9

218.1

-8.4%

Other cows

1150.8

1150

1128.8

1117.4

1115.1

-3.1%

Other heifers in calf

143.6

146.3

144.4

147.5

131.3

-8.6%

Bulls

58.7

59.6

58.1

58.6

57.9

-1.4%

Other cattle

3498.6

3498.5

3362.8

3278.3

3307.6

-5.5%

Total cattle

6211.5

6191.7

6001.6

5902.2

5934.7

-4.5%

Total sheep

4556.7

4257

3826.3

3530.5

3422.9

-24.9%

Total pigs

1754.3

1670.8

1620

1574.6

1604.6

-8.5%

1 Dairy cows are those kept principally to produce milk for human consumption.

2 Dairy heifers in calf are intended for the dairy herd.

The table below present the fluctuations in total numbers of livestock presented as a % change over the previous year.

Changes in number of Livestock (% compared to previous year) by Type of Animal and Year

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Dairy cows1

-1.2%

-1.8%

-1.3%

0.0%

1.6%

Dairy heifers in calf2

5.5%

-0.7%

-6.7%

-3.4%

2.4%

Other cows

0.6%

-0.1%

-1.8%

-1.0%

-0.2%

Other heifers in calf

1.9%

1.9%

-1.3%

2.1%

-11.0%

Bulls

3.7%

1.5%

-2.5%

0.9%

-1.2%

Other cattle

-0.6%

0.0%

-3.9%

-2.5%

0.9%

Total cattle

-0.2%

-0.3%

-3.1%

-1.7%

0.6%

Total sheep

-6.0%

-6.6%

-10.1%

-7.7%

-3.0%

Total pigs

1.3%

-4.8%

-3.0%

-2.8%

1.9%

1Dairy cows are those kept principally to produce milk for human consumption.

2Dairy heifers in calf are intended for the dairy herd.

Question No. 196 answered with Question No. 27.

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