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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

Agricultural holdings size2012201320142015201620172018
Under 20 acres 17 22 34 47 27
20 to 50 acres 45 40 73 74 63
50 to 100 acres 53 62 73 78 66
100 to 150 acres 49 56 64 59 57
150 to 200 acres 49 44 46 45 44
200 to 300 acres 48 44 40 43 40
300 acres and over 88 83 84 82 84
Total 349 351 414 428 381
Land Use (Acres)2012201320142015201620172018
Arable 9,452 10,258 8,842 10,100 9,434
Grass 59,250 59,180 61,263 62,768 64,579
Rough 26,152 26,164 25,868 26,905 26,831
Total Land Use 94,854 95,602 95,973 99,773 100,844

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.

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