Livestock cattle


This table provides information about the number of cattle on Dutch agricultural holdings. In addition to numbers, cattle are broken down by: cattle kept for the production of milk and cattle for fattening. The cattle population is counted on 1 April and 1 December.

Data available from: 1 December 2008.

Status of the figures:
New figures for cattle population are provisional when first published. When new data from the Agricultural census become available the provisional figures become definite.

Changes as of 22 April 2020:
The April and December 2019 figures are now final.

When will new figures be published?
The provisional figures of April are published in September. The provisional figures of December are published in February of the subsequent year.
The definite figures of April and December are published in April of the subsequent year.

Livestock cattle

Periods Cattle, total (x 1 000) Young cattle for milkYoung cattle for milk, total (x 1 000) Young cattle for milkYoung cattle for milk, < 1 year, female (x 1 000) Young cattle for milkYoung cattle for milk, < 1 year, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for milkYoung cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female (x 1 000) Young cattle for milkYoung cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for milkYoung cattle for milk, >= 2 yrs, female (x 1 000) Calves for fattening Calves for fattening, total (x 1 000) Calves for fattening Calves for rosé meat (< 1 yr) (x 1 000) Calves for fattening Calves for white meat (< 1 yr) (x 1 000) Young cattle for fatteningYoung cattle for fattening, total (x 1 000) Young cattle for fatteningYoung cattle for fattening,<1 yr, female (x 1 000) Young cattle for fatteningYoung cattle for fattening, < 1 yr, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for fatteningYoung cattle for fattening,1-2 yr,female (x 1 000) Young cattle for fatteningYoung cattle for fattening, 1-2 yr, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for fatteningYoung cattle for fattening>= 2 yr,female (x 1 000) Dairy cows (>= 2 years) (x 1 000) Other cowsOther cows, total (x 1 000) Other cowsCows for fattening (>= 2 years) (x 1 000) Other cowsSuckling cows (>= 2 years) (x 1 000) Bulls (>= 2 years)Bulls (>= 2 years), total (x 1 000) Bulls (>= 2 years)Bulls for breeding (>= 2 years) (x 1 000) Bulls (>= 2 years)Bulls for fattening (>= 2 years) (x 1 000)
2015 1 April 4,134 1,337 599 41 582 13 102 909 358 551 172 33 43 35 42 20 1,622 80 . . 13 . .
2015 1 December 4,315 1,365 629 43 572 12 108 955 376 579 175 34 45 35 40 21 1,717 85 . . 17 . .
2016 1 April 4,251 1,317 621 43 554 12 86 958 363 595 153 32 41 30 35 15 1,745 68 . . 11 . .
2016 1 December 4,294 1,318 611 42 564 13 89 941 357 584 154 31 40 31 37 16 1,794 70 . . 16 . .
2017 April 4,096 1,200 511 46 530 9 103 953 356 597 175 31 61 25 36 21 1,694 59 . . 16 . .
2017 December 4,030 1,168 509 46 501 10 102 948 354 594 176 31 61 24 40 21 1,665 58 . . 15 . .
2018 April 3,897 1,032 438 45 447 8 93 995 366 629 170 31 51 27 37 24 1,622 63 . . 15 . .
2018 December 3,690 951 407 47 399 10 88 988 355 633 144 22 46 21 35 20 1,552 42 . . 13 . .
2019 April 3,750 924 410 43 388 8 74 1,005 373 632 166 31 47 27 36 25 1,578 63 . . 14 . .
2019 December 3,721 954 434 52 373 9 86 978 364 614 143 23 41 22 37 21 1,590 43 . . 13 . .
Source: © Statistics Netherlands, NEA
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