Farmland Use, as reported by the Agricultural Census

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Agricultural Census Categories for Farmland 1871
Permanent Grass 411,966 Show data context
Arable 244,129 Show data context
Date: Source:
1871 General Register Office, Agricultural Statistics of Ireland (HM Stationery Office) ,

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The Agricultural Census was not primarily a land use survey, but it did record the area of 'Arable Land' in each farm, and the area of 'Permanent Grass'. The latter was sometimes sub-divided into grass 'for Hay' and 'not for Hay'. The Scottish Farm Census in 1961 classified grassland not into 'Permanent' and 'Rotation' but into grassland aged over and under 7 years old; we treat the latter as being equivalent to 'rotation', and therefore as arable. We do not include the area of 'Rough Grazings' here as it was not r...


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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Donegal IrlC through time | Agriculture and Land Use Statistics | Farmland Use, as reported by the Agricultural Census, A Vision of Ireland through Time.

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Date accessed: 19th August 2022