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County Clare (CSO Area Code CTY 16)

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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 1,403 932 830
Farms between 10 and less than 20 2,433 1,687 1,571
Farms between 20 and less than 30 2,023 1,400 1,311
Farms between 30 less than 50 1,629 1,739 1,780
Farms between 50 less than 100 607 802 901
Farms greater than 100 134 160 157
Total Farms 8,229 6,720 6,550
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 348 241 64
Potatoes 109 50 18
Total Crops 701 2,100 198
Silage 31,785 53,477 55,493
Hay 29,265 16,003 11,314
Pasture 111,770 109,565 119,518
Rough Grazing 42,116 29,331 26,926
All Area Farmed 215,636 210,477 213,449
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 1,948 3,469 3,026
Dairy Cows 45,691 36,813 25,409
Other Cows 56,854 83,942 76,935
Other Cattle 218,847 192,384 171,577
Total Cattle 323,340 316,608 276,947
Rams 1,784 1,390 779
Ewes 58,375 37,369 14,127
Other Sheep 56,310 23,271 13,499
Total Sheep 116,469 62,030 28,405
Horses 2,767 3,350 5,494
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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 8,207 6,717 6,548
Holder: AWU 7,024 5,087 4,958
Spouse: Persons 3,938 2,380 2,307
Spouse: AWU 2,822 1,372 1,048
Other Family: Persons 2,682 2,561 3,383
Other Family: AWU 1,500 1,042 1,357
Non Family Labour:Persons 180 392 579
Non Family Labour:AWU 117 168 310
Total Persons 15,007 12,050 12,817
Total Farm AWU 11,463 7,669 7,672
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 1,182 860 370
35 to 44 1,765 1,524 1,165
45 to 54 1,763 1,793 1,673
55 to 64 1,858 1,319 1,707
65 and over 1,639 1,221 1,633
All Ages 8,207 6,717 6,548
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