Provisions of the survey
This survey provides estimates of the number of cattle, sheep and pigs on farms in Northern Ireland at the beginning of December as well as information on levels of hay and silage production and sowings of winter cereals. Information has been taken from the APHIS system for cattle since 2006 and the Sheep and Goat Inventory has been used as a source of sheep information since 2007.
The time series data has been collated since 1981, where available.
The information is normally released as a Statistical Press Release in the February following the survey.