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Province Leinster (CSO Area Code PR 1)

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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 9,883 6,617 5,679
Farms between 10 and less than 20 9,161 6,654 6,740
Farms between 20 and less than 30 7,213 5,521 5,431
Farms between 30 less than 50 8,421 7,979 7,852
Farms between 50 less than 100 6,300 6,850 7,098
Farms greater than 100 1,878 1,961 2,014
Total Farms 42,856 35,582 34,814
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 199,874 190,759 191,118
Potatoes 11,985 9,654 9,204
Total Crops 254,937 254,462 242,349
Silage 228,863 298,964 303,595
Hay 126,356 83,719 69,240
Pasture 713,822 654,060 708,419
Rough Grazing 80,720 54,537 49,912
All Area Farmed 1,404,698 1,345,853 1,373,509
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 6,982 14,044 14,852
Dairy Cows 335,501 302,811 282,201
Other Cows 211,654 326,162 348,079
Other Cattle 1,567,703 1,525,228 1,438,083
Total Cattle 2,121,840 2,126,245 2,083,215
Rams 48,214 40,911 23,868
Ewes 1,803,709 1,461,351 755,269
Other Sheep 1,623,269 1,057,831 734,081
Total Sheep 3,475,192 2,560,093 1,513,218
Horses 28,051 27,695 37,074
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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 42,508 35,488 34,672
Holder: AWU 35,513 26,875 26,038
Spouse: Persons 16,999 11,337 11,931
Spouse: AWU 11,966 6,180 5,250
Other Family: Persons 17,520 16,019 19,463
Other Family: AWU 11,793 7,361 8,437
Non Family Labour:Persons 6,859 5,859 5,251
Non Family Labour:AWU 5,874 3,720 3,324
Total Persons 83,886 68,703 71,317
Total Farm AWU 65,146 44,136 43,050
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 6,052 4,866 2,138
35 to 44 8,593 7,972 6,369
45 to 54 9,591 8,994 8,842
55 to 64 9,600 6,858 8,506
65 and over 8,672 6,798 8,817
All Ages 42,508 35,488 34,672
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