DAFM National Sheep Census 2020

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This dataset contains the results of the annual sheep census by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) for 2020. The data records the number of sheep kept in Ireland on 31st December 2020 and is based on data submitted to the Department by 15th April 2021.

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Resource: Sheep Census 2020

URL: https://data.gov.ie/dataset/b7cde627-2c29-44d8-8f98-059f490067b7/resource/f23412b3-fe87-49de-adcb-6cc9a937f26e/download/sheep_census_2021_2.csv

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Data Dictionary

Column Type Label Description
COUNTY text County

The County that the holding resides in.

CENSUS_YEAR numeric CENSUS_YEAR

The year that the census refers to.

NO_OF_HERD_NUMBERS numeric NO_OF_HERD_NUMBERS

The number of herds within each county which returned the census forms.

FLOCKS_WITH_SHEEP_IND numeric FLOCKS_WITH_SHEEP_IND

The number of herds/flocks with sheep at the time of the census.

FLOCKS_WITH_TOTAL_SHEEP_CALC numeric FLOCKS_WITH_TOTAL_SHEEP_CALC

35,593 herds where sheep were kept, the difference between No_of_herd_numbers and Flocks_with_total_sheep_calc is 6,233 which is the number of herds where no sheep were kept at the time of the census.

BREEDING_EWES_TOTAL numeric BREEDING_EWES_TOTAL

The total number of breeding ewes which consists of breeding ewes lowland, mountain, lowland cross and breeding ewes greater than 2 years for each county.

BREEDING_RAMS_TOTAL numeric BREEDING_RAMS_TOTAL

The total number of breeding rams which consists of breeding rams lowland, mountain, lowland cross, mountain cross and rams cross for each county.

OTHER_SHEEP_TOTAL numeric OTHER_SHEEP_TOTAL

The total amount of lowland, mountain, lowland cross, mountain cross and other sheep cross.

TOTAL_SHEEP_MOUNTAIN numeric TOTAL_SHEEP_MOUNTAIN

The total number of other sheep mountain, breeding ewes mountain and breeding rams mountain.

TOTAL_SHEEP_CALC numeric TOTAL_SHEEP_CALC

The total number of breeding ewes, breeding rams and other sheep.

Additional Information

Last updated October 6, 2021
Created unknown
Format CSV
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Description This dataset contains the 2020 census returns that were submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by 15th April 2021. Data from the 2020 census returns record that a total of 3.88 million sheep were kept in 35,592 registered herds in the country at the end of December 2020. The returns are grouped by County showing individual holdings.
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