Fewer farms with milk production
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Number of holdings, agricultural area in use and number of domestic animals in Norway.

Holdings, agricultural area and livestock2015, preliminary figures




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Fewer farms with milk production

Preliminary figures from Statistics Norway show that out of a total of 41 800 holdings, the number with cattle dairying was 8 800 in 2015. Since 2010, the number of cattle dairy holdings has dropped by 21 per cent.

Structure of agriculture
2015Per cent
2014 - 20152005 - 2015
Number of holdings, total41 846-2.7-21.0
Natural person39 629-2.7-21.5
Legal person2 217-3.3-12.3
Agricultural area in use. Decares9 837 005-0.3-5.0
Fully cultivated land, decares8 084 498-0.3-6.7
Agricultural area per holding. Decares235.12.520.3
Holdings keeping domestic animals of various kinds
Cow12 946-2.7-35.1
Sheep 1 year and over14 3910.2-17.3
Pigs, total2 203-5.9-36.6
Hens2 0612.0-18.5
Holdings cultivating various crops
Grain and oil seeds11 246-2.3-32.9
Potato1 947-5.8-60.5
Meadows for mowing and pastures32 938-1.2-19.1

The number of holdings dropped by 3 per cent from 2014 to 2015 to 41 800.

In 2015, 39 600 holdings were operated by natural persons, while 2 200 were operated by various legal persons, e.g. joint operations, limited companies and institutions. Since 1999, the share of holdings being operated by a legal person increased from 1.1 per cent to 5.3 per cent of all holdings.

The total utilised agricultural area dropped by 31 000 decares to 9.84 million decares in 2015. Of the total agricultural area in 2015, fully cultivated agricultural land covered 8.1 million decares, 0.2 million decares were surface cultivated meadows and 1.56 million decares were infield pastures. The average size of farms increased from 229 decares in 2014 to 235 decares in 2015.

More wheat and rye – less barley and oats

The total grain area amounted to 2.86 million decares in 2015, a reduction of 21 500 decares from the year before. The area of barley accounted for 43 per cent of the total grain area, while wheat and oats accounted for 30 and 22 per cent respectively. From 2014, the area of wheat increased by 94 200 decares to a total of 855 800 decares in 2015, and the area of rye by 43 300 decares to 104 200 decares. In the same period, the area of oats decreased by 87 000 decares to a total of 632 700, and the area of barley by 35 600 decares to 1 229 500 decares.

More cattle and sheep – fewer pigs and chickens

The number of cattle increased slightly by 12 400 from 2014 to 2015 to a total of 852 400. The number of beef cows increased, while the number of dairy cows was almost the same as the year before. The average herd size for dairy cows was 26, and for beef cows 16.

The number of sheep aged one year and older increased by 26 700 from 2014 to 2015. The average size of herd increased from 62 to 64 in the same period.

The number of breeding pigs dropped by 800 to a total of 93 800 in 2015. The average herd of breeding pigs amounted to 83 in 2015.

From 2014 to 2015, the number of laying hens increased by 2 per cent to a total of 4.33 million. The number of broilers as of 31 July 2015 was 14.4 million, a decrease of 13 per cent from the year before.