The results of the December 2017 Livestock Survey show that the total number of cattle was 6,673,600 an increase of 60,200 (+0.9%) on December 2016. The number of Dairy cows increased by 48,100 (+3.7%), while Other cows decreased by 23,700 (-2.3%). Cattle 2 years and over (excluding cows and bulls) increased by 18,400 (+4.6%). See Table 1.
The total number of pigs increased by 5.8% to 1,616,400. Non-breeding pigs increased by 6.2%, while breeding pigs increased by 2.4%. See Table 2.
Estimates for sheep in 2017 are now based on data from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) National Sheep & Goat Census undertaken in December 2017. The provisional estimates from the census show that the total number of sheep was 3,900,800, with 2,742,300 breeding sheep and 1,158,400 non-breeding sheep. See Table 3.
|See Background Notes for further details on DAFM National Sheep & Goat Census and the break in series in respect of sheep.|