The past decade has seen growth in some sectors of agriculture in Northern Ireland (NI) but contraction in others. And it has been the intensive sectors that have provided this growth.

The number of laying hens has more than doubled to stand at 5m birds in 2019, while total poultry numbers (to include broilers) are up 50%. A total of 791 farms in NI kept poultry in 2019, compared to 657 farms in 2010.