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Survey of agriculture and horticulture

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  • Release date: 19 November 2015
  • Period covered: June 2015
  • Next update: November 2016
An annual report that includes information on agriculture land, livestock and farm labour.

Key points

  • The number of sheep and lambs fell by 2.4 per cent to 9.5 million in June 2015. This follows 4 years over which the sheep population had been gradually growing again after dropping from its 1999 peak of 11.8 million to 8.2 million in 2009 and 2010.
  • There was an increase of 5 per cent in the size of the dairy herd in the last 12 months. This was the main factor behind a 1.5 per cent increase in the total number of cattle and calves of 1.5 per cent. This represents the largest annual increase in the number of cattle in over a decade.


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