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17,000 full-time farmers in Northern Ireland, census finds

Northern Ireland has 24,800 farms and 17,000 full-time farmers and partners, according to new figures
Northern Ireland has 24,800 farms and 17,000 full-time farmers and partners, according to new figures

By Steven Alexander

Northern Ireland has 24,800 farms and 17,000 full-time farmers and partners, according to new figures.

The final results of the June 2019 Agricultural Census have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera).

The statistics revealed the total area farmed here, excluding common land, is just over one million hectares.

Total cattle numbers fell by 1% to 1.61 million between June 2018 and June 2019. Overall, the total number of sheep recorded was around two million - a 1% decrease from June 2018.

There was an increase in pig numbers of 6% to 674,300 in the year to June 2019.

But there was a 5% decrease in poultry numbers on farms to 24.8 million birds over the year.

There were 49,400 workers in the agricultural labour force here during the June census and 13,900 part-time farmers and partners. Casual worker numbers decreased by 6% to 4,000 workers.

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