Environmental Geology and Water Sciences

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 23–30 | Cite as

Aspects of agricultural land use in Ireland



Ireland's soil regions consist largely of Luvisols, Cambisols, and Gleysols. Approximately 60% of Ireland's land area is subject to varying degrees of soil limitations. Twenty-five percent of the land area comprises wet lowland mineral soils.

Ninety percent of Ireland's agricultural area comprises pasture, hay, and silage. Approximately 30% of the agricultural area is devoted to dairying, and 55% to cattle production. is devoted to dairying, and 55% to cattle production.

Trends in agricultural land use indicate that tillage declined substantially while livestock showed a substantial increase particularly in the decade 1965–1975. Research concludes that over 2.8 million ha has a capacity to carry at least 100 LU/40 ha (100 acres).

Levels of fertilizer use in Ireland are below EEC levels. The highest fertilizer use levels are associated with the eastern and southern areas of Ireland. Tillage crops occupy only 10% of the agricultural area, while they account for 26% of tertilizer and lime use.


Cattle Production Soil Limitation Northern IRELAND High Fertilizer Livestock Unit 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Johnstown CastleAn Foras TaluntaisWexfordIreland

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