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Results from the 2017 December Agricultural Survey

Results from the 2017 December Agricultural Survey

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ISBN: 9781788516563

This publication contains results from the 2017 December Agricultural Survey, covering winter-sown crops, hay and silage production, livestock and machinery. Also included in the survey is information on the cost of renting agricultural land, and this year we have merged the previously separate publication of these results into this document.

Executive Summary

The areas planted in December 2017 decreased compared to the previous year, with barley down 20 per cent and wheat down 11 per cent. The area planted as winter barley was the lowest since the 1970s.

Production of hay and arable silage fell in 2017, with grass silage production relatively unchanged.

The number of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry all fell slightly compared to December 2016.

Overall, average rents remained steady, with negligible change for LFA land and an estimated two per cent increase in non-LFA land.