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County Mayo (CSO Area Code CTY 29)

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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 5,282 3,311 3,188
Farms between 10 and less than 20 5,910 4,370 4,230
Farms between 20 and less than 30 2,282 2,283 2,245
Farms between 30 less than 50 1,069 1,756 1,954
Farms between 50 less than 100 290 670 687
Farms greater than 100 76 147 154
Total Farms 14,909 12,537 12,458
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 909 596 360
Potatoes 259 91 11
Total Crops 1,572 3,947 591
Silage 33,724 60,000 57,716
Hay 18,889 10,588 8,455
Pasture 127,080 141,494 169,334
Rough Grazing 60,909 58,209 42,901
All Area Farmed 242,174 274,237 278,997
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 384 2,147 2,355
Dairy Cows 30,911 27,463 15,243
Other Cows 69,008 90,868 82,279
Other Cattle 220,198 196,345 181,273
Total Cattle 320,501 316,823 281,150
Rams 7,679 9,321 9,314
Ewes 339,038 359,644 266,589
Other Sheep 299,452 197,518 214,173
Total Sheep 646,169 566,483 490,076
Horses 1,543 2,818 5,601
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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 14,881 12,531 12,447
Holder: AWU 12,537 8,986 8,698
Spouse: Persons 6,283 3,743 3,818
Spouse: AWU 4,634 2,070 1,662
Other Family: Persons 4,501 4,549 5,917
Other Family: AWU 2,959 1,862 2,397
Non Family Labour:Persons 317 585 1,216
Non Family Labour:AWU 200 226 725
Total Persons 25,982 21,408 23,398
Total Farm AWU 20,331 13,144 13,482
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 1,321 1,215 533
35 to 44 2,698 2,385 1,648
45 to 54 3,131 3,242 2,828
55 to 64 3,174 2,650 3,361
65 and over 4,557 3,039 4,077
All Ages 14,881 12,531 12,447
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