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Agriculture and fisheries statistics

​​​​​​​​​Agricultural land

In 2017:

  • agricultural land covered 5,994 hectares (33,301 vergées), which is 49.8% of the Island’s area
  • agricultural land decreased by 2 hectares (12 vergées) compared with 2016
  • the area of Jersey Royal potatoes decreased by 50 hectares (280 vergées)
  • other potatoes (including autumn earlies and maincrop) decreased by 31 hectares (172 vergées)
  • the total area of outdoor fruit and vegetables saw a 5% decrease, of 176 hectares (978 vergées)
  • area of organic fruit and vegetable production decreased by 39% to 47 hectares (259 vergees)

Agricultural statistics report 2017

Total area farmed in hectrares


Source : Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture Department, download the data

Crop exports

Potatoes are the main crop grown in Jersey in terms of monetary value.

In 2017:

  • the value of potatoes exported was £32 million
  • the total value of potato exports increased by 6% compared with 2016
  • potato exports increased by 910 tonnes to a total of 30,520 tonnes

Value of export arable crops (£ million in 2017 prices)

Source: Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture Department, download the data

Dairy industry

In 2017:

  • the total number of cattle decreased by 2% to 4,840 animals
  • the number of cows and heifers in milk increased by 4% to 2,840 animals
  • average size of dairy herds increased by 4% (from 130 to 135 cows per herd)
  • average milk yield per cow increased by 3%, from 5,093 to 5,219  litres per cow (a rise of 126 litres per cow)
  • milk production on dairy farms supplying Jersey Dairy was 14.8 million litres, an increase of around 900,000 litres compared to 2016
  • gross sales value of milk delivered to Jersey Dairy was essentially unchanged at £13.9 million, which is 93.7 pence per litre (ppl)

Cattle numbers 2010 to 2017

​Dairy herds2827​25​2424212121
​Milking cows2,9702,890​2,931​2,9172,946​2,807​2,7312,843
​Total cattle5,2045,139​5,152​5,1955,1144,8784,9394,842

Source: Agricultural statistics report, Economic Development Department

Milk production and value 2010 to 2017

​Milk produced (million litres)12.912.7​12.613.414.013.913.914.8
​Value of milk and milk products (£ million)11.111.6​11.9​12.7​14.0​13.714.013.9

Source: Agricultural statistics report, Economic Development Department


In 2017:

  • there were 35,560 livestock in Jersey, an increase of 1,640 on 2016
  • the number of sheep increased by around 5% compared to 2016
  • the number of pigs decreased by around 30 animals (7%)
  • there were 40 goats in Jersey, essentially unchanged compared to 2016


Egg production from laying hens is the largest poultry activity in Jersey. In 2017 there were 27,044 laying hens, an increase of 8% on an annual basis.

The number of laying hens increased by more than a third (35%) in 2012. This was driven by a shortage of imported eggs following amended EU regulations for battery hen cages. This market is now filled by local free range eggs.

Number of livestock in Jersey 2010 to 2017

​Cows and heifers5,2005,140​5,1505,2005,1104,8804,9404,840
​Totals 29,580 29,700 ​34,850 35,680 36,310 36,530 33,920 35,560

Numbers have been independently rounded to the nearest 10.

Source: Agricultural statistics report, Economic Development Department

Agricultural statistics report 2017


In 2019:

  • the total shellfish landed was 1,696 tonnes, 10% lower than in 2018 – but the 2018 total was the highest in over 20 years
  • the yield of wetfish was 96 tonnes, 16% lower than in 2018
  • the wetfish totals for 2017-2019 were the three lowest for over 20 years
  • the total shellfish farmed (aquaculture) was 1,350 tonnes, 6% lower than in 2018
The figures for 2019 are provisional. The official 2019 figures will be published in the Marine Resources annual report 2019 in August.

Total fishing yield in tonnes (shellfish, wetfish and aquaculture) 2010 to 2019

​Total production

Source: Marine Resources annual status report, Department of the Environment

Quantity of shellfish in tonnes landed by the Jersey fleet 2010 to 2019

​Brown crab​409479507436​386​306349​​310​287165
​Spider crab​173149110828896122209289297
​Other species​66854775913
​Total 1,716 1,629 1,648 1,596 1,406 1,214 1,583 1,416 1,893 1,696

Source: Marine Resources annual status report, Department of the Environment

Other species included prawn, velvet crab, cuttlefish, crawfish, squid, praire, amande and ormers.

Quantity of wetfish in tonnes landed by the Jersey fleet 2010 to 2019

Mackerel / horse mackerel7789733442
Grey / red mullet3323323112
Sea bream271810831232284103
Skate / ray43416277876874345448
Other species1062225233822111711

Source: Marine Resources annual report, Department of the Environment

Other species included flounder, herring, lemon sole, pouting, sandeel, sand sole, shark, smooth hound, snipe, trigger fish, whiting and wrasse.

Farmed shellfish production (aquaculture) annual yield in tonnes 2010 to 2019

Species2010201120122013201420152016 201720182019
King scallop2254230000

​Source: Marine Resources annual report, Department of the Environment

In 2012 and 2013 the totals include a small quantity of ormers.

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