Interesting Facts About Our Agriculture Industry

  • The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is home to over 400 different farms.
  • Farm Cash Receipts were $138.6 million in 2018, unchanged from 2017.
  • The largest crop commodity is Greenhouse and Nursery, accounting for 5 per cent of crop sales.
  • Value of vegetable production declined 10 per cent to $6.5 million; the top two vegetable crops in 2018 were turnips at $1.5 million and potatoes at $1.4 million.
  • The top five crops in 2018 accounted for 77 per cent of all vegetable sales; they are as follows: potato, turnip, carrot, cabbage and beet.
  • Farm Cash Receipts for fruit production rose three per cent to $0.9 million in 2018; with strawberries being the highest valued crop at $0.5 million.
  • Top selling vegetable crops are potatoes, turnip cabbage and carrot.
  • The largest fruit being produced in the province are strawberries and raspberries.
  • The province has nine commercial apiculture (beekeeping) operations producing a variety of honey and beeswax products plus providing pollination services for crops.
  • There are currently seven mink farms totaling 60,000 female breeders (approximately 250,000 pelts). There is one fox farm, with 500 female breeders.
  • The value of fur pelts was $8.5 million in 2018 with over 99 per cent of the value coming from mink.
  • Fur is the fifth largest commodity in Newfoundland and Labrador agriculture behind Dairy, Chicken, Eggs, and Greenhouse and Nursery.
  • There are 2,600 sheep in the province with 1,900 lambs born in 2018.
  • The value of eggs in 2018 rose four percent to $19.7 million. Egg production is trending upwards with 2018 being a record production year.
  • There are 11,200 cattle (dairy and beef) in this province.
  • Current production of milk within the province is approximately 50 million liters/year.
  • Current value of milk production is $51.5 million/year (combined value of industrial and fluid sales)