Livestock cattle, 2008 - 2020

Livestock cattle, 2008 - 2020

Periods Cattle, total (x 1 000) Young cattle for milk Young cattle for milk, total (x 1 000) Young cattle for milk Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female (x 1 000) Young cattle for milk Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for milk Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female (x 1 000) Young cattle for milk Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for milk Young 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 fattening Young cattle for fattening, total (x 1 000) Young cattle for fattening Young cattle for fattening,<1 yr, female (x 1 000) Young cattle for fattening Young cattle for fattening, < 1 yr, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for fattening Young cattle for fattening,1-2 yr,female (x 1 000) Young cattle for fattening Young cattle for fattening, 1-2 yr, male (x 1 000) Young cattle for fattening Young cattle for fattening>= 2 yr,female (x 1 000) Dairy cows (>= 2 years) (x 1 000) Other cows Other cows, total (x 1 000) Other cows Cows for fattening (>= 2 years) (x 1 000) Other cows Suckling 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)
2020 April 3,766 935 439 41 373 8 74 1,000 371 628 166 32 46 28 36 24 1,593 58 . . 14 . .
2020 December 3,691 985 455 54 394 10 72 939 325 614 144 24 39 26 35 21 1,569 43 . . 11 . .
Source: © Statistics Netherlands, NEA
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Table description


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 to 1 December 2020.

Status of the figures:
The numbers are final.

Changes as of April 30, 2021:
None, this table has been discontinued.

When will new figures be published?
This table is followed by Livestock on agricultural holdings: reference date 1 April and 1 December, see the links in section 3.

Description topics

Cattle, total
For 1 April counts: total of the number of cattle in the Netherlands on agricultural holdings, of 3,000 Euro SO or more.
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The 1 December counts are based on the ear tag registration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.
Young cattle for milk
Cattle kept for the production of milk or for breeding.
Young cattle for milk, total
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female
Young cattle for dairy farming, aged less than 1 year, female.

Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male
Young cattle for dairy farming, aged less than 1 year, male.
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female
Young cattle for dairy farming, aged between 1 and 2 years, female.
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male
Young cattle for dairy farming, aged between 1 and 2 years, male.
Young cattle for milk, >= 2 yrs, female
Young cattle for dairy farming, aged 2 years or older, female (never calved).
Calves for fattening
Calves for the production of white meat and rosé meat (aged less than 1 year).

Calves for fattening, total
Calves for rosé meat (< 1 yr)
Calves for fattening of the production of rosé meat (aged less than 1 year).
Calves for white meat (< 1 yr)
Calves for fattening of the production of white meat (aged less than 1 year).
Young cattle for fattening
Young cattle for fattening, total
Young cattle kept for fattening.
Young cattle for fattening,<1 yr, female
Young cattle for fattening, aged less than 1 year, female.
Young cattle for fattening, < 1 yr, male
Young cattle for fattening (including beef), aged less than 1 year, male.
Young cattle for fattening,1-2 yr,female
Young cattle for fattening, aged between 1 and 2 years, female.
Young cattle for fattening, 1-2 yr, male
Young cattle for fattening, aged between 1 and 2 years, male.
Young cattle for fattening>= 2 yr,female
Young cattle for fattening, aged 2 years or older, female (never calved).  
Dairy cows (>= 2 years)
Female bovine animals aged 2 years or older, that have calved at least once, and are kept for the production of milk or for breeding; includes dry cows (cows that temporarily do not produce milk because they are in calf).
Other cows
Cows of 2 years and older, like cull cows that are fattened for slaughtering, and suckling cows.
Other cows, total
From 2013 the separate observation of underlying categories is discontinued; only the total remains available.
Cows for fattening (>= 2 years)
Cows aged 2 years or older, that are fattened after having calved at least once; includes cull dairy cows (cows taken out of milk production to be slaughtered).
Suckling cows (>= 2 years)
Suckling cows aged 2 years or older (calved at least once).

Suckling cows are cows bred for fattening, whose nursing calvesare allowed to suckle and that therefore do not produce milk.
Bulls (>= 2 years)
Bulls of 2 years and older kept for breeding or for slaughtering.

Bulls (>= 2 years), total
From 2013 the separate observation of underlying categories is discontinued; only the total remains available.
Bulls for breeding (>= 2 years)
Bulls for breeding aged 2 years or older.
Bulls for fattening (>= 2 years)
Bulls for fattening aged 2 years or older.