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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 size20122013201420152016201720182019
Under 20 acres 17 22 34 47 27 23 13 9
20 to 50 acres 45 40 73 74 63 53 46 51
50 to 100 acres 53 62 73 78 66 61 60 60
100 to 150 acres 49 56 64 59 57 56 52 54
150 to 200 acres 49 44 46 45 44 38 36 34
200 to 300 acres 48 44 40 43 40 44 45 45
300 acres and over 88 83 84 82 84 85 86 88
Total 349 351 414 428 381 360 338 341

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Land Use (Acres)20122013201420152016201720182019
Arable 9,452 10,258 8,842 10,100 9,434 9,046 9,029 8,803
Grass 59,250 59,180 61,263 62,768 64,579 63,439 63,876 66,173
Rough 26,152 26,164 25,868 26,905 26,831 26,829 26,938 24,369
Total Land Use 94,854 95,602 95,973 99,773 100,844 99,314 99,843 99,345

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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