Agriculture; crops, livestock and land use by general farm type, region

Agriculture; crops, livestock and land use by general farm type, region

Farm types Regions Periods Grazing livestock Number of animals Cattle Dairy cows (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of animals Cattle Other cows Cows for fattening (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of animals Cattle Other cows Suckling cows (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of animals Cattle Bulls (>= 2 years) Bulls (>= 2 years), total (number) Grazing livestock Number of animals Cattle Bulls (>= 2 years) Bulls for breeding (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of animals Cattle Bulls (>= 2 years) Bulls for fattening (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Cattle Dairy cows (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Cattle Other cows Cows for fattening (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Cattle Other cows Suckling cows (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Cattle Bulls (>= 2 years) Bulls (>= 2 years), total (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Cattle Bulls (>= 2 years) Bulls for breeding (>= 2 years) (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Cattle Bulls (>= 2 years) Bulls for fattening (>= 2 years) (number)
All farm types Nederland 2021 1,571,341 . . 12,855 . . 15,251 . . 5,001 . .
All farm types Noord-Nederland (LD) 2021 503,097 . . 2,793 . . 4,165 . . 1,272 . .
All farm types Oost-Nederland (LD) 2021 515,993 . . 4,195 . . 5,497 . . 1,694 . .
All farm types West-Nederland (LD) 2021 296,284 . . 2,949 . . 3,221 . . 1,146 . .
All farm types Zuid-Nederland (LD) 2021 255,967 . . 2,918 . . 2,368 . . 889 . .
All farm types Groningen (PV) 2021 102,962 . . 586 . . 819 . . 305 . .
All farm types Fryslân (PV) 2021 296,499 . . 1,132 . . 2,452 . . 666 . .
All farm types Drenthe (PV) 2021 103,636 . . 1,075 . . 894 . . 301 . .
All farm types Overijssel (PV) 2021 252,614 . . 1,699 . . 2,757 . . 813 . .
All farm types Flevoland (PV) 2021 33,894 . . 164 . . 229 . . 55 . .
All farm types Gelderland (PV) 2021 229,485 . . 2,332 . . 2,511 . . 826 . .
All farm types Utrecht (PV) 2021 94,327 . . 1,177 . . 1,130 . . 367 . .
All farm types Noord-Holland (PV) 2021 87,949 . . 651 . . 885 . . 310 . .
All farm types Zuid-Holland (PV) 2021 91,559 . . 729 . . 1,011 . . 325 . .
All farm types Zeeland (PV) 2021 22,449 . . 392 . . 195 . . 144 . .
All farm types Noord-Brabant (PV) 2021 209,830 . . 1,878 . . 1,927 . . 626 . .
All farm types Limburg (PV) 2021 46,137 . . 1,040 . . 441 . . 263 . .
All farm types Oost-Groningen (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Delfzijl en omgeving (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Overig Groningen (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Friesland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Friesland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Friesland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Drenthe (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Drenthe (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Drenthe (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Overijssel (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Overijssel (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Twente (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Veluwe (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Achterhoek (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Arnhem/Nijmegen (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Gelderland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Utrecht (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Kop van Noord-Holland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Alkmaar en omgeving (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types IJmond (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Agglomeratie Haarlem (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zaanstreek (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Groot-Amsterdam (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Het Gooi en Vechtstreek (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Agglomeratie 's-Gravenhage (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Delft en Westland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Oost-Zuid-Holland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Groot-Rijnmond (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Zuid-Holland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Overig Zeeland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types West-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Midden-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noordoost-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Limburg (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Midden-Limburg (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuid-Limburg (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Flevoland (CR) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Bouwhoek en Hogeland (LG) 2021 73,333 . . 329 . . 551 . . 183 . .
All farm types Veenkoloniën en Oldambt (LG) 2021 86,008 . . 873 . . 630 . . 250 . .
All farm types Noordelijk Weidegebied (LG) 2021 398,076 . . 1,895 . . 3,608 . . 1,019 . .
All farm types Oostelijk Veehouderijgebied (LG) 2021 350,613 . . 2,329 . . 3,676 . . 980 . .
All farm types Centraal Veehouderijgebied (LG) 2021 51,398 . . 772 . . 741 . . 316 . .
All farm types IJsselmeerpolders (LG) 2021 46,227 . . 211 . . 333 . . 85 . .
All farm types Westelijk Holland (LG) 2021 74,525 . . 725 . . 832 . . 279 . .
All farm types Waterland en Droogmakerijen (LG) 2021 30,246 . . 157 . . 289 . . 107 . .
All farm types Hollands/Utrechts Weidegebied (LG) 2021 121,679 . . 1,284 . . 1,392 . . 445 . .
All farm types Rivierengebied (LG) 2021 60,752 . . 1,015 . . 621 . . 303 . .
All farm types Zuidwestelijk Akkerbouwgebied (LG) 2021 43,543 . . 748 . . 412 . . 232 . .
All farm types Zuidwest-Brabant (LG) 2021 20,336 . . 267 . . 197 . . 67 . .
All farm types Zuidelijk Veehouderijgebied (LG) 2021 201,852 . . 1,978 . . 1,827 . . 639 . .
All farm types Zuid-Limburg (LG) 2021 12,753 . . 272 . . 142 . . 96 . .
All farm types De Marne (LB) 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
All farm types Centraal Weidegebied in Groningen (LB) 2021 7,133 . . 59 . . 67 . . 22 . .
All farm types Oostelijke Bouwstreek in Groningen (LB) 2021 32,017 . . 167 . . 211 . . 87 . .
All farm types Westerwolde en Gron. Veenkoloniën (LB) 2021 11,913 . . 98 . . 80 . . 44 . .
All farm types Groninger zuidelijk Westerkwartier (LB) 2021 30,670 . . 158 . . 299 . . 94 . .
All farm types Oostelijk Hogeland (LB) 2021 21,229 . . 104 . . 162 . . 58 . .
All farm types Noordelijk Friesland (LB) 2021 52,104 . . 225 . . 389 . . 125 . .
All farm types Weidestreek in Friesland (LB) 2021 124,183 . . 342 . . 1,044 . . 233 . .
All farm types De Wouden (LB) 2021 117,473 . . 549 . . 984 . . 298 . .
All farm types Eilanden (LB) 2021 2,739 . . 16 . . 35 . . 10 . .
All farm types Weidegebied van het Noorderveld (LB) 2021 7,650 . . 54 . . 70 . . 25 . .
All farm types Smilde en Centr. Zandgebied in Dr. (LB) 2021 22,903 . . 338 . . 183 . . 62 . .
All farm types Zuidw. Weidegebied in Drenthe (LB) 2021 31,146 . . 193 . . 294 . . 96 . .
All farm types Zuidelijk Zandgebied in Drenthe (LB) 2021 22,762 . . 220 . . 191 . . 61 . .
All farm types Drentse Veenkoloniën en Hondsrug (LB) 2021 19,175 . . 270 . . 156 . . 57 . .
All farm types Weidegebied in Overijssel (LB) 2021 77,082 . . 524 . . 815 . . 241 . .
All farm types Noordoost-Overijssel (LB) 2021 33,466 . . 205 . . 334 . . 98 . .
All farm types Twente (LB) 2021 98,109 . . 746 . . 1,129 . . 358 . .
All farm types Salland (LB) 2021 43,957 . . 224 . . 479 . . 116 . .
All farm types Noordoostelijke Polder (LB) 2021 8,050 . . 25 . . 76 . . 11 . .
All farm types Zuidelijke IJsselmeerpolders (LB) 2021 25,844 . . 139 . . 153 . . 44 . .
All farm types Oostelijke Veluwe (LB) 2021 17,791 . . 285 . . 221 . . 90 . .
All farm types IJsselstreek (LB) 2021 16,500 . . 129 . . 157 . . 41 . .
All farm types Zuidelijk Gelderland (LB) 2021 20,906 . . 422 . . 182 . . 97 . .
All farm types Oostelijke Betuwe en Nijmegen (LB) 2021 975 . . 45 . . 12 . . 8 . .
All farm types Veluwezoom en Betuwe (LB) 2021 27,732 . . 546 . . 283 . . 157 . .
All farm types Bommelerwaard (LB) 2021 6,915 . . 121 . . 72 . . 35 . .
All farm types Westelijke Veluwe (LB) 2021 23,753 . . 401 . . 380 . . 189 . .
All farm types Achterhoek (LB) 2021 114,913 . . 383 . . 1,204 . . 209 . .
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains data on land use, arable farming, horticulture, grassland, grazing livestock and housed animals, at regional level, by general farm type.

The figures in this table are derived from the agricultural census. Data collection for the agricultural census is part of a combined data collection for a.o. agricultural policy use and enforcement of the manure law.

Regional breakdown is based on the main location of the holding. Due to this the region where activities (crops, animals) are allocated may differ from the location where these activities actually occur.

The agricultural census is also used as the basis for the European Farm Structure Survey (FSS). Data from the agricultural census do not fully coincide with the FSS. In the FSS years (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010) additional information was collected to meet the requirements of the FSS.

Reference date for livestock is 1 April and for crops 15 May.

From 2020 onwards, the SO2017, based on the years 2015 to 2019, will apply (see also the explanation for SO: Standard Output).

From 2018 onwards the number of calves for fattening, pigs for fattening, chicken and turkey are adjusted in the case of temporary breaks in the production cycle (e.g. sanitary cleaning).
The agricultural census is a structural survey, in which adjustment for temporary breaks in the production cycle is a.o. relevant for the calculation of the economic size of the holding, and its farm type.
In the livestock surveys the number of animals on the reference day is relevant, therefore no adjustment for temporary breaks in the production cycle are made.
This means that the number of animals in the tables of the agricultural census may differ from those in the livestock tables (see ‘links to relevant tables and relevant articles).

From 2017 onwards, animal numbers are increasingly derived from I&R registers (Identification and Registration of animals), instead of by means of the combined data collection. The I&R registers are the responsibility of RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency). Since 2017, cattle numbers are derived from I&R cattle, and from 2018 sheep, goats and poultry are also derived from the relevant I&R registers. The registration of cattle, sheep and goats takes place directly at RVO. Poultry data is collected via the designated database Poultry Information System Poultry (KIP) from Avined. Avined is a branch organization for the egg and poultry meat sectors. Avined passes the data on to the central database of RVO. Due to the transition to the use of I&R registers, a change in classification will occur for sheep and goats from 2018 onwards.

Since 2016, information of the Dutch Business Register is used to define the agricultural census. Registration in the Business Register with an agricultural standard industrial classification code (SIC), related to NACE/ISIC, (in Dutch SBI: ‘Standaard BedrijfsIndeling’) is leading to determine whether there is an agricultural holding. This aligns the agricultural census as closely as possible to the statistical regulations of Eurostat and the (Dutch) implementation of the definition of 'active farmer' as described in the common agricultural policy.

The definition of the agricultural census based on information from the Dutch Business Register mainly affects the number of holdings, a clear deviation of the trend occurs. The impact on areas (except for other land and rough grazing) and the number of animals (except for sheep, horses and ponies) is limited. This is mainly due to the holdings that are excluded as a result of the new delimitation of agricultural holdings (such as equestrian centres, city farms and organisations in nature management).

In 2011 there were changes in geographic assignment of holdings with a foreign main seat. This may influence regional figures, mainly in border regions.

Until 2010 the economic size of agricultural holdings was expressed in Dutch size units (in Dutch NGE: 'Nederlandse Grootte Eenheid'). From 2010 onwards this has become Standard Output (SO). This means that the threshold for holdings in the agricultural census has changed from 3 NGE to 3000 euro SO. For comparable time series the figures for 2000 up to and including 2009 have been recalculated, based on SO coefficients and SO typology. The latest update took place in 2016.

Data available from: 2000

Status of the figures: the figures are now definite.

Changes as of February 24, 2022: the definite figures for 2021 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
According to regular planning provisional figures are published in November and the definite figures will follow in March of the following year.

Description topics

Grazing livestock
Includes cattle, sheep, goats and equidae.
Number of animals
Cattle
From 2013 onward the categories ‘Cows for fattening (>= 2 years)’ and ‘Suckling cows (>= 2 years)’ are no longer available separately, but merged into the new category ‘Other cows’. Also from 2013 onwards the categories ‘Bulls for breeding (>= 2 years)’ and ‘Bulls for fattening (>= 2 years)’ are merged into the new category ‘Bulls (>= 2 years)’.
Because of this the totals for ‘Cattle for milk or breeding’ and for ‘Cattle for fattening or grazing’ are no longer available.
From 2017 onwards, the cattle data are derived from the I&R register (Identification and Registration) for cattle. This may, in comparison with the previous data collection method, affect the distribution between the different categories.
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 for fattening (>= 2 years)
Cows aged 2 years or older, that are fattened after having calved once or several time.
Suckling cows (>= 2 years)
Suckling cows aged 2 years or older (calved at least once).
Bulls (>= 2 years)
Bulls (>= 2 years), total
From 2013 onwards the subjacent categories are no longer observed separately; only the total is 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.
Number of farms
Note: the sum of underlying parts may be bigger than the total for the whole group, because a holding may have several activities (such a holding is counted for each activity, but only once in the total).
Cattle
From 2013 onward the categories ‘Cows for fattening (>= 2 years)’ and ‘Suckling cows (>= 2 years)’ are no longer available separately, but merged into the new category ‘Other cows’. Also from 2013 onwards the categories ‘Bulls for breeding (>= 2 years)’ and ‘Bulls for fattening (>= 2 years)’ are merged into the new category ‘Bulls (>= 2 years)’.
Because of this the totals for ‘Cattle for milk or breeding’ and for ‘Cattle for fattening or grazing’ are no longer available.
From 2017 onwards, the cattle data are derived from the I&R register (Identification and Registration) for cattle. This may, in comparison with the previous data collection method, affect the distribution between the different categories.
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 for fattening (>= 2 years)
Cows aged 2 years or older, that are fattened after having calved once or several times.
Suckling cows (>= 2 years)
Suckling cows aged 2 years or older (calved at least once).
Bulls (>= 2 years)
Bulls (>= 2 years), total
From 2013 onwards the subjacent categories are no longer observed separately; only the total is 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.