Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland

The Agricultural Census is conducted in June of each year. Data is collected on crop areas, livestock numbers and farm labour. Outputs include time series data and frequency distributions. Results are presented at regional and sub-regional level.

Administrative data is used from the APHIS cattle tracing system, the Northern Ireland Bird Register Update and the Annual Inventory of Pigs – all complete censuses.

Revision Note: A small number of farms in the June 19 census were incorrectly attributed to the wrong location. Most of the data published on 13th February 2020 remain unaffected but minor changes have been made to a number of data tables. Tables affected by this revision are Table 4.1 & 4.2, table 5.6 and tables 6.1-6.5. In addition to these corrections, the 'Mainly LFA' and 'Mainly Non-LFA' column headings in Table 7.7 were attached to the wrong columns. If you have any queries or would like any further information about this revision please contact us at

This year changes have been made to the Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland publication. Changes have been made following recommendations from the Office for Statistics Regulation. DAERA is interested in your views on this year’s publication. Any comments you may have can be sent to

Further background information on the Quality and Methodology of this survey is available below.

Interactive maps showing the distribution of agricultural enterprises based on the Agricultural Census in Northern Ireland data can be accessed on the NINIS website.

DAERA is interested in your views on this Census Publication. Please use the questionnaire attached to supply us with any comments you may have.

Further information is available from Farm Surveys Branch :

Room 810, Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Telephone: 028 9052 5432
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