Suckler cow numbers have seen one of the largest drops in the last 10 years, with the latest release from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showing a drop of 43,000 sucklers (4.4%) between June 2020 and June 2021, an almost tripling of the drop for the previous 12 months.

Suckler cow numbers stood at 940,300 as of June 2021.