Written answers

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Farms Data

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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696. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farms here, within bands (details supplied), by county, in tabular form. [19217/20]

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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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.

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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697. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the average amount of hedgerows in hectares; and the average amount of scrubland in hectares, per farm, by county, within bands (details supplied), in tabular form. [19218/20]

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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My Department maintains linear hedgerow data in relation to a subset of farmers who have Ecological Focus Area obligations under the Greening Scheme, However, it does not currently maintain a national dataset on the area of hedgerows per county.

The information relating to scrub is currently being collated and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

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