Sheep Farmers plan to expand
Posted on: 04/07/2012
Almost two-thirds of sheep farmers aim to expand numbers over the next five years, an ICSA survey has revealed.
The poll of 250 flock owners was undertaken at last Saturday's Sheep 2012 event at Teagasc, Athenry, Co Galway.
It found that 30pc of respondents planned to hold numbers, while 39pc said they would "expand slightly" and 24pc said they aimed to grow numbers "substantially".
Just 5pc said they planned to reduce their flock. Four per cent of those surveyed said they would reduce numbers "slightly", 1pc said they would reduce numbers "substantially" or get out of sheep altogether, and 2pc claimed they did not know what their future plans were.