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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 10,793 7,277 6,690
Farms between 10 and less than 20 13,372 8,985 8,846
Farms between 20 and less than 30 11,589 8,254 7,970
Farms between 30 less than 50 12,435 11,543 11,514
Farms between 50 less than 100 6,776 8,331 8,786
Farms greater than 100 1,491 1,830 1,869
Total Farms 56,456 46,220 45,675
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 86,136 74,644 71,719
Potatoes 4,047 1,859 1,598
Total Crops 113,723 117,220 95,790
Silage 351,066 444,893 435,075
Hay 129,492 81,005 69,121
Pasture 833,368 814,310 914,135
Rough Grazing 272,211 199,991 172,783
All Area Farmed 1,699,858 1,657,306 1,686,904
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 17,226 26,789 21,557
Dairy Cows 795,013 692,440 657,843
Other Cows 257,297 384,028 367,872
Other Cattle 1,892,589 1,887,578 1,773,234
Total Cattle 2,962,125 2,990,835 2,820,506
Rams 25,753 22,526 15,759
Ewes 1,050,538 892,477 532,030
Other Sheep 867,857 499,936 454,780
Total Sheep 1,944,148 1,414,939 1,002,569
Horses 24,908 24,412 35,144
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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 56,245 46,157 45,598
Holder: AWU 48,668 35,606 34,612
Spouse: Persons 28,112 16,342 16,256
Spouse: AWU 21,316 9,569 7,487
Other Family: Persons 19,996 19,664 23,626
Other Family: AWU 13,484 8,698 9,946
Non Family Labour:Persons 3,921 4,741 5,735
Non Family Labour:AWU 3,322 2,536 3,396
Total Persons 108,274 86,904 91,215
Total Farm AWU 86,790 56,410 55,437
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 8,276 6,587 3,231
35 to 44 12,113 10,690 9,000
45 to 54 12,490 12,178 11,951
55 to 64 12,757 8,769 11,247
65 and over 10,609 7,933 10,169
All Ages 56,245 46,157 45,598
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