CSO’s June survey reveals still more than 1m sucklers

The number of suckler cows fell 3.1% to 1,047,900 in the year to last June, according to the Central Statistics Office’s crops and livestock survey provisional estimates.

CSO’s June survey reveals still more than 1m sucklers

By Stephen Cadogan

The number of suckler cows fell 3.1% to 1,047,900 in the year to last June, according to the Central Statistics Office’s crops and livestock survey provisional estimates.

The number of dairy cows was up by 48,200 (or 3.4%), to 1,480,900.

Total cattle numbers were down 0.2%, with cattle of two years increasing 3% but cattle under one year falling 2.5%.

The total number of sheep, at 5,105,500, fell by 91,600 (1.8%), including a 2.9% decrease in non-breeding sheep

Area under cereals fell by 11,600 hectares (or 4.2%) to 260,900 ha, compared to June 2017. This was mainly due to falls of 9,100 ha (13.6%) in the wheat acreage; 7,300 ha (11.2%) in winter barley; and 6,800 ha (27.6%) in oats.

Spring barley increased 11,800 ha (10.2%).

Potatoes decreased by 10.8%, to 8,200 ha.

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