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County Sligo (CSO Area Code CTY 31)

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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 1,663 1,073 879
Farms between 10 and less than 20 1,978 1,415 1,314
Farms between 20 and less than 30 1,001 824 869
Farms between 30 less than 50 662 824 899
Farms between 50 less than 100 178 293 375
Farms greater than 100 42 76 59
Total Farms 5,524 4,505 4,395
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 203 351 42
Potatoes 114 55 11
Total Crops 416 1,299 141
Silage 12,617 24,049 24,004
Hay 10,563 5,588 4,048
Pasture 63,322 64,263 74,328
Rough Grazing 18,837 15,148 12,928
All Area Farmed 105,755 110,347 115,450
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 366 1,021 1,003
Dairy Cows 15,184 12,640 7,434
Other Cows 29,058 38,686 33,607
Other Cattle 91,066 83,851 73,770
Total Cattle 135,674 136,198 115,814
Rams 2,555 3,079 2,822
Ewes 106,319 105,501 81,898
Other Sheep 95,422 64,625 71,866
Total Sheep 204,296 173,205 156,586
Horses 1,004 1,212 2,457
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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 5,515 4,504 4,391
Holder: AWU 4,507 3,225 3,122
Spouse: Persons 2,000 1,386 1,395
Spouse: AWU 1,444 750 620
Other Family: Persons 1,266 1,541 1,953
Other Family: AWU 784 608 778
Non Family Labour:Persons 127 269 397
Non Family Labour:AWU 93 101 207
Total Persons 8,908 7,700 8,136
Total Farm AWU 6,828 4,684 4,727
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 35 755 526 228
35 to 44 1,093 969 668
45 to 54 1,080 1,188 1,052
55 to 64 1,226 860 1,221
65 and over 1,361 961 1,222
All Ages 5,515 4,504 4,391
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