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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 43,311 28,419 25,474
Farms between 10 and less than 20 48,265 34,290 33,581
Farms between 20 and less than 30 30,977 25,045 24,687
Farms between 30 less than 50 28,415 29,627 30,668
Farms between 50 less than 100 15,701 19,535 20,755
Farms greater than 100 3,909 4,611 4,695
Total Farms 170,578 141,527 139,860
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 301,524 279,045 273,898
Potatoes 20,455 13,535 12,198
Total Crops 391,690 401,124 353,927
Silage 764,651 1,074,700 1,076,372
Hay 394,060 242,596 193,788
Pasture 2,249,435 2,218,147 2,507,573
Rough Grazing 641,919 506,504 437,273
All Area Farmed 4,441,755 4,443,071 4,568,938
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Table 3 - Number of selected livestock

Number of selected livestock
Livestock (Head) 1991 2000 2010
Bulls 28,672 56,128 52,043
Dairy Cows 1,330,807 1,177,452 1,070,755
Other Cows 817,302 1,186,989 1,158,429
Other Cattle 4,735,194 4,616,866 4,325,358
Total Cattle 6,911,975 7,037,435 6,606,585
Rams 115,701 109,459 79,960
Ewes 4,626,082 4,106,887 2,449,545
Other Sheep 4,146,421 2,675,188 2,215,919
Total Sheep 8,888,204 6,891,534 4,745,424
Horses 63,114 69,937 106,020
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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 169,893 141,342 139,556
Holder: AWU 142,948 105,765 102,609
Spouse: Persons 72,080 45,066 45,769
Spouse: AWU 52,989 25,192 20,303
Other Family: Persons 57,314 57,190 70,312
Other Family: AWU 38,238 24,987 29,657
Non Family Labour:Persons 13,442 14,350 16,379
Non Family Labour:AWU 11,023 7,954 9,776
Total Persons 312,729 257,948 272,016
Total Farm AWU 245,199 163,898 162,345
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 22,447 18,382 8,683
35 to 44 33,752 30,780 24,562
45 to 54 37,013 36,332 34,614
55 to 64 38,030 27,805 35,058
65 and over 38,651 28,043 36,639
All Ages 169,893 141,342 139,556
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