Limerick, as a county, registered the third-highest total of calves born in 2016 with a total of 144,728. The county was narrowly ahead of Kerry (143,536) and Galway (133,400), with a significant gap to the top two of Cork (420,305) and Tipperary (211,189). Clare is not far behind Limerick in terms of calf registrations and is the seventh-largest, with 102,116 head recorded in 2016.
The two counties differ greatly in terms of farm enterprises. The Department of Agriculture AIM report for 2016 lists Limerick as possessing 110,075 dairy dams and 34,653 beef dams. The breakdown in sire usage is 84,618 calves born to beef sires and 60,110 calves born to dairy sires.