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County Kerry (CSO Area Code CTY 19)

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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 2,843 1,602 1,461
Farms between 10 and less than 20 3,002 2,025 1,949
Farms between 20 and less than 30 2,130 1,656 1,555
Farms between 30 less than 50 1,798 1,808 1,938
Farms between 50 less than 100 848 1,074 1,177
Farms greater than 100 259 344 332
Total Farms 10,880 8,509 8,412
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 1,833 1,572 1,696
Potatoes 294 197 160
Total Crops 2,819 5,007 2,650
Silage 49,702 63,846 60,344
Hay 16,203 10,193 9,052
Pasture 111,218 115,982 144,569
Rough Grazing 107,990 83,148 69,771
All Area Farmed 287,932 278,178 286,386
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 2,982 4,605 3,236
Dairy Cows 116,117 101,075 84,444
Other Cows 45,327 58,833 48,924
Other Cattle 215,323 203,993 187,353
Total Cattle 379,749 368,506 323,957
Rams 6,684 6,660 5,769
Ewes 348,885 327,227 238,356
Other Sheep 243,784 144,588 189,421
Total Sheep 599,353 478,475 433,546
Horses 1,344 2,362 3,681
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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 10,849 8,504 8,406
Holder: AWU 9,310 6,445 6,206
Spouse: Persons 4,880 2,813 2,797
Spouse: AWU 3,854 1,671 1,269
Other Family: Persons 3,086 3,018 3,737
Other Family: AWU 2,172 1,323 1,597
Non Family Labour:Persons 310 509 772
Non Family Labour:AWU 242 222 424
Total Persons 19,125 14,844 15,712
Total Farm AWU 15,578 9,661 9,496
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 1,399 1,139 595
35 to 44 2,296 1,841 1,572
45 to 54 2,406 2,346 2,133
55 to 64 2,405 1,719 2,194
65 and over 2,343 1,459 1,912
All Ages 10,849 8,504 8,406
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