According to the recent sheep census there are 2.5 million breeding ewes in Ireland with an average flock size of approximately 100 ewes. The sector is divided into lowland sheep production and hill sheep production. As with other Irish livestock sectors grass is the basis for profitable production. Over 75% of sheep inIreland are destined for export as prime lamb. Exports of over 40,000 tonnes are worth €180 millionannually. The French market accounts for 45% of exports while the UK (25%) is another significant market.
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