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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Livestock Survey December

December 2018

       Livestock Numbers
  Cattle PigsSheep
 '000
20176,673.61,616.43,981.8
20186,593.51,572.23,743.5
% change-1.2-2.7-6.0

Sheep Numbers down 6.0% in December 2018

Figure 1
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The results of the December 2018 Livestock Survey shows that the provisional estimate for the total number of sheep was 3,743,500 a decrease of 238,300 (-6.0%) on December 2017. The number of non-breeding sheep decreased by 131,900 (-11.2%) and breeding sheep decreased by 106,400 (-3.8%). See Table 3.

Further comparisons with the December 2017 results indicate that:

  • The total number of cattle decreased by 80,100 (-1.2%) to 6,593,500. See Table 1.
  • The number of dairy cows increased by 25,800 (+1.9%) while other cows decreased by 36,000 (-3.5%). See Table 1.
  • The total number of cattle under 1 decreased by 86,600 (-4.2%) while cattle 2 years and over (excluding cows and bulls) increased by 23,500 (+5.6%). See Table 1.
  • Pig numbers decreased by 2.7% to 1,572,200. Breeding pigs decreased by 4.8% and non-breeding pigs decreased by 2.5%. See Table 2.