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Agriculture Statistics

The Isle of Man covers 141,440 acres of which 107,210 (75%) are utilised for agriculture and supported by the Agricultural Development Scheme. Land varies from the undulating south with rich soils supporting mixed farming, to the central uplands with thin soils supporting extensive beef and sheep production and the flat northern plains used for arable and vegetable production. The Island is ideal for grass growing and livestock represents the mainstay of the agricultural economy. Traditional family farms, smaller fields and generally extensive production methods mean that farming continues to shape a landscape much valued by residents and visitors.

The Island has one abattoir, one creamery and one flour mill. All milling wheat grown on the Island goes to the Mill which produces a range of flours sold on and off Island. The Creamery processes most liquid milk, producing butter, cheese and cream. Liquid milk is supplied by the Creamery and one licenced producer who sells direct to customers. Most livestock are killed at the abattoir though there are some live exports for slaughter or breeding.

Latest Statistics

 Number of Holdings2014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019/202020/21% of Holdings
Greater than £50,000 29 25 28 28 20 18 17 5%
Between £25,000 and £50,000 57 56 51 49 54 60 62 18%
Between £10,000 and £25,000 109 112 112 123 119 116 117 35%
Between £5,000 and £10,000 64 75 65 66 73 71 68 20%
Between £1,000 and £5,000 86 96 83 80 69 74 72 21%
Less than £1,000 47 35 17 6 3 0 1 0%
 Total 392 399 356 352 338 339 337 100%

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 Total support payment
Total Payment2014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019/202020/21% of payment
Greater than £50,000 2,198,198 1,863,365 1,972,496 1,859,584 1,376,754 1,285,950 1,238,778 21%
Between £25,000 and £50,000 1,985,159 1,905,267 1,683,977 1,565,720 1,829,311 2,007,267 2,095,399 35%
Between £10,000 and £25,000 1,830,303 1,855,100 1,875,181 1,979,808 1,925,288 1,866,953 1,875,861 32%
Between £5,000 and £10,000 466,743 545,299 485,301 490,459 538,494 529,225 510,908 9%
Between £1,000 and £5,000 218,008 256,212 238,125 221,136 199,103 217,598 209,330 4%
Less than £1,000 25,794 23,495 11,465 4,358 2,667 0 951 0%
Total 6,724,205 6,448,739  6,266,545  6,121,064  5,871,619  5,906,994  5,931,228 100%

Please see the downloadable documents on the right for livestock and crop data.

For older data, please see the downloadable documents. The annual agricultural census ceased in 2011. 2012-2014 livestock data was derived from the Bovine and Identification Traceability System (BITS) for cattle, the annual 'Waste Food' inspections for pigs and the Countryside Care Scheme application forms for sheep, land use and holding size.

From 2015 onwards a basic livestock & crop return is gathered from all Agricultural Development Scheme claimants in June each year.

Additional statistics can be found on:

Further information can be sought from Agriculture@gov.im

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture is committed to ensuring that its services are accessible to all. If you require these documents in an alternative format and / or language please contact us to discuss your needs.

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