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County Kilkenny (CSO Area Code CTY 07)

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Table 1 - Number of farms classified by farm size (AAU)

Number of farms classified by farm size (AAU)
Farm size (Hectares) 1991 2000 2010
Farms less than 10 687 466 425
Farms between 10 and less than 20 764 550 560
Farms between 20 and less than 30 737 541 509
Farms between 30 less than 50 1,147 1,014 964
Farms between 50 less than 100 915 993 1,062
Farms greater than 100 188 206 217
Total Farms 4,438 3,770 3,737
Agricultural Area Utilised (AAU): The Agricultural Area Utilised is the combined area under crops, silage, hay, pasture and rough grazing land in use (including fallow land). Areas under roads, tracks, water, bog, marsh, rocks, unused rough grazing land, buildings etc. are excluded.
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Table 2 - Area farmed and area under selected crops

Area farmed and area under selected crops
Crops (Hectares) 1991 2000 2010
Total Cereals 19,831 16,800 15,062
Potatoes 931 470 398
Total Crops 24,031 22,514 19,109
Silage 37,041 44,705 45,469
Hay 14,916 9,864 8,089
Pasture 83,580 78,623 86,870
Rough Grazing 8,232 4,759 5,068
All Area Farmed 167,801 160,465 164,604
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 1,298 2,319 2,065
Dairy Cows 60,858 56,155 58,725
Other Cows 26,424 40,329 41,762
Other Cattle 226,263 232,033 218,625
Total Cattle 314,843 330,836 321,177
Rams 3,876 2,942 1,676
Ewes 148,337 117,125 52,434
Other Sheep 142,617 94,597 54,296
Total Sheep 294,830 214,664 108,406
Horses 3,045 2,902 4,022
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Table 4 - Farm labour input by number of persons and Annual Work Units (AWU)

Farm labour input by number of persons and Annual Work Units (AWU)
Persons / AWU 1991 2000 2010
Holder: Persons 4,417 3,763 3,725
Holder: AWU 3,862 3,026 2,979
Spouse: Persons 1,703 1,393 1,414
Spouse: AWU 1,254 785 632
Other Family: Persons 2,275 1,907 2,329
Other Family: AWU 1,598 923 1,031
Non Family Labour:Persons 604 570 594
Non Family Labour:AWU 505 328 359
Total Persons 8,999 7,633 8,062
Total Farm AWU 7,219 5,061 5,002
Annual Work Unit (AWU): The labour input of each person who worked on the farm was measured in terms of AWUs with one AWU being defined as 1800 hours or more of labour per person per annum.
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Table 5 - Number of family farms by age of holder

Number of family farms by age of holder
Age of holder 1991 2000 2010
Under 35 677 540 243
35 to 44 909 885 722
45 to 54 991 932 995
55 to 64 1,004 702 911
65 and over 836 704 854
All Ages 4,417 3,763 3,725
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