NORTHERN IRELAND'S Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published the booklet 'Northern Ireland Farm Performance Indicators 2017/18'.

This is the sixteenth edition of this annual publication, which is designed to provide farmers with reliable data to assess the current performance of their farm business.

Data in the booklet is extracted from farm account information, collected as part of the 2017/18 Northern Ireland Farm Business Survey, which is undertaken by DAERA across a representative sample of farm businesses.

Enterprise data are presented in gross margin format. Included are details of the value of output, variable costs and gross margin for each of the main enterprises found on NI farms. For the more common enterprises, data are presented for four different levels of performance, according to the gross margin achieved, i.e. 'Excellent', 'Good', 'Moderate' and 'Poor'. These represent the levels of performance achieved around the average performance for any particular enterprise.

In addition to enterprise gross margin data, the booklet contains information on hay, silage and grazing costs and average fixed costs by type of farm.

Copies of 'Northern Ireland Farm Performance Indicators 2017/18’ are available, free of charge, by contacting 028 9052 4750 or by email from:

The booklet can also be accessed on the DAERA website at: