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Teagasc National Farm Survey 2021

20 September 2022
Type Report

Emma Dillon, Trevor Donnellan, Brian Moran and John Lennon, Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department, Rural Economy Development Programme, Teagasc

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The Teagasc National Farm Survey has evolved over the years now producing a comprehensive list of measures relating to farm sustainability, covering economic, social and environmental performance metrics.

This report focusses mainly on the economic sustainability of Irish
agriculture. A dedicated Sustainability Report covering the wider suite of sustainability metrics will be produced later in the year.

The most common ways in which the results are presented is on a system basis. By system, the NFS farms are categorised into one of six farm types:

  • Dairy
  • Cattle Rearing
  • Cattle Other
  • Sheep
  • Tillage
  • Mixed Livestock.

Given that individual farms typically have more than one farm enterprise, a rigorous basis for categorising farms into each system is required.

The method of classifying farms into farming systems, is based on the EU farm typology, as set out in Commission Decision 78/463 and its subsequent amendments. The approach is utilised by all members of the EU Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN).

Presentation from preliminary results in June can be accessed below

Teagasc National Farm Survey 2021 Results Interactive Presentation