Farm numbers continue to fall

An average of 2,700 farmers left the land every year between 1991 and 2005, resulting in a decrease of 37,900 farms. The main results of the 2003 and 2005 Farm Structure Surveys have been published this week. The Surveys were carried out in June 2003 and 2005 on a sample of all farms with at least one hectare of land farmed. Some of the findings emerging from the surveys are: