The number of dairy cows in Ireland has increased by 5.7% year-on-year, figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.

Comparing June 2014 to June 2015, the figures show there were 69,400 more dairy cows in Ireland this year.

The number of dairy cows in Ireland as of June 2015 stood at 1.295m, the CSO figures show. In 2014, this figure increased on 2013 by 63,200.

The number of beef cows dropped 53,200 (4.7%), leaving 1.075m beef cows.

Overall cattle numbers were up on June 2014 by 37,400 which is an increase of 0.5% to 6.963m.

The total number of cattle in the country under one year increased by 163,900 (8.7%) while cattle two years and over decreased by 76,200 (8.6%).

The number of bulls in Ireland has decreased by 4,300 to 36,000, according to the CSO. This is a decrease of 10.6% on June 2014.

As of June 2015, the number of female cattle in the country stood at 4,719m and the number of male cattle stood 2,244m.

Both female and male cattle numbers are up on last year by 0.3% and 1.1% respectively.

Dairy cow numbers 2010 2015

Poor milk prices fail to slow Irish milk production

Falling milk prices have failed to dampen Irish milk production with creameries and pasteurisers taking in 12.2% more milk in July 2015 compared to 2014, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has said.

Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 772.0m litres for July 2015, the CSO figures show.

Comparing the July 2015 milk produce figures with those for July 2014 shows that total milk sold for human consumption increased by 8.4% to 43.1m litres.

Butter production was up 20.8% year-on-year to 24,500t, according to the CSO.