• The Irish food and drink industry is valued at over 16
of which more than 7 billion is exported to175
• The agriculture and food industry accounts for 9% of
and approximately 15% of total employment.• It guarantees the nation’s food
.• It protects and cares for the natural environment.• It is the rock on which the tourist
is basedwithout agriculture, the countryside would become wild andinaccessible.• It provides hundreds of opportunities for leisure
,sports and hobbies.
So, what do 130,000 Irish farmers do everyday?
Farmers work all year around to provide Irish consumers withfood. Some of the work involved is detailed below:• 6 million
must be calved, milked, fed, housed andcared for.• 4 million sheep must be lambed, fed, shorn and cared for.• 1.7 million pigs must be housed, fed and cared for.• 13 million poultry birds must be housed, fed and cared for.• 306,000 hectares of land must be ploughed, sown andsprayed to grow cereals (wheat, oats and barley) to beharvested each year.