Less, but larger agricultural and forestry holdings, more organic farms
Trend towards larger farms
Though the structure of Austria’s agriculture remains small-scale, however, a trend towards larger holdings is still obvious: Some ten years ago, one holding managed a total area of 42.4 hectares on average, in 2020 this average has grown to 45.1 hectares. A similar development was observed for the utilised agricultural area (arable land, kitchen gardens, permanent crops, permanent grassland), where an increase from 18.8 to 21.1 hectares was recorded. The average area used for forestry has increased from 23.4 hectares in 2010 to 25.1.
This general tendency can also be monitored in livestock farming. Ten years ago, one agricultural holding kept 28 cattle in average; since then the average has risen to 34 cattle. The per-holding-average of swine stock increased from 85 pigs in 2010 to 111 pigs in 2020.
Final and detailed results on the 2020 Farm Structure Survey will be published in the second quarter of 2022. For more detailed results and further information please refer to the German version on our website.
on methods, definitions: The Farm Structure Survey 2020 was mandatory
in all EU member states and was partially funded by the European Union.
The survey was carried out as a full survey with the reference date
1 March 2020 in accordance with Regulation (EU) No. 2018/1091 as amended,
as well as national regulation, Federal Law Gazette II No. 279/2019. Redefinition of the survey
thresholds for the Farm Structure Survey 2020 to three hectares
of agricultural area (excluding special crops) or three hectares of
Total area: Agricultural and forestry area as well as the unproductive areas of the unit.
Utilised agricultural area: arable land, house and kitchen gardens, permanent crops, permanent grassland.
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