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 Young animals for milk (number) Grazing livestock Number of animals Goats Goats for milking (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Cattle Young animals for milk (number) Grazing livestock Number of farms Goats Goats for milking (number)
All farm types Nederland 2021* 966,545 482,916 16,908 644
All farm types Noord-Nederland (LD) 2021* 310,339 43,958 4,474 125
All farm types Oost-Nederland (LD) 2021* 322,105 193,049 6,278 217
All farm types West-Nederland (LD) 2021* 167,800 62,924 3,496 153
All farm types Zuid-Nederland (LD) 2021* 166,301 182,985 2,660 149
All farm types Groningen (PV) 2021* 62,189 7,875 866 20
All farm types Fryslân (PV) 2021* 179,330 17,283 2,627 69
All farm types Drenthe (PV) 2021* 68,820 18,800 981 36
All farm types Overijssel (PV) 2021* 155,690 68,642 3,144 91
All farm types Flevoland (PV) 2021* 19,743 7,179 250 7
All farm types Gelderland (PV) 2021* 146,672 117,228 2,884 119
All farm types Utrecht (PV) 2021* 52,340 25,492 1,242 48
All farm types Noord-Holland (PV) 2021* 50,704 15,646 953 51
All farm types Zuid-Holland (PV) 2021* 49,732 18,438 1,092 41
All farm types Zeeland (PV) 2021* 15,024 3,348 209 13
All farm types Noord-Brabant (PV) 2021* 134,461 141,385 2,163 125
All farm types Limburg (PV) 2021* 31,840 41,600 497 24
All farm types Oost-Groningen (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Delfzijl en omgeving (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Overig Groningen (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Friesland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Friesland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Friesland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Drenthe (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Drenthe (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Drenthe (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Overijssel (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Overijssel (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Twente (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Veluwe (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Achterhoek (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Arnhem/Nijmegen (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidwest-Gelderland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Utrecht (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Kop van Noord-Holland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Alkmaar en omgeving (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types IJmond (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Agglomeratie Haarlem (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zaanstreek (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Groot-Amsterdam (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Het Gooi en Vechtstreek (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Agglomeratie 's-Gravenhage (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Delft en Westland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Oost-Zuid-Holland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Groot-Rijnmond (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Zuid-Holland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Overig Zeeland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types West-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Midden-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noordoost-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Noord-Limburg (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Midden-Limburg (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Zuid-Limburg (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Flevoland (CR) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Bouwhoek en Hogeland (LG) 2021* 45,142 6,353 593 18
All farm types Veenkoloniën en Oldambt (LG) 2021* 55,106 14,676 676 22
All farm types Noordelijk Weidegebied (LG) 2021* 244,264 37,125 3,876 103
All farm types Oostelijk Veehouderijgebied (LG) 2021* 215,821 92,416 4,272 123
All farm types Centraal Veehouderijgebied (LG) 2021* 34,937 53,827 838 50
All farm types IJsselmeerpolders (LG) 2021* 27,148 11,659 357 13
All farm types Westelijk Holland (LG) 2021* 42,385 8,305 890 32
All farm types Waterland en Droogmakerijen (LG) 2021* 16,598 5,023 316 24
All farm types Hollands/Utrechts Weidegebied (LG) 2021* 65,193 23,450 1,514 51
All farm types Rivierengebied (LG) 2021* 39,373 47,196 710 42
All farm types Zuidwestelijk Akkerbouwgebied (LG) 2021* 28,747 11,950 439 30
All farm types Zuidwest-Brabant (LG) 2021* 13,801 7,845 233 12
All farm types Zuidelijk Veehouderijgebied (LG) 2021* 129,320 162,610 2,034 123
All farm types Zuid-Limburg (LG) 2021* 8,710 481 160 1
All farm types De Marne (LB) 2021* 0 0 0 0
All farm types Centraal Weidegebied in Groningen (LB) 2021* 4,364 76 70 1
All farm types Oostelijke Bouwstreek in Groningen (LB) 2021* 19,264 1,332 224 3
All farm types Westerwolde en Gron. Veenkoloniën (LB) 2021* 7,672 2,707 82 7
All farm types Groninger zuidelijk Westerkwartier (LB) 2021* 18,817 2,919 317 7
All farm types Oostelijk Hogeland (LB) 2021* 12,072 841 173 2
All farm types Noordelijk Friesland (LB) 2021* 33,070 5,512 420 16
All farm types Weidestreek in Friesland (LB) 2021* 74,064 5,470 1,115 22
All farm types De Wouden (LB) 2021* 70,519 6,298 1,057 30
All farm types Eilanden (LB) 2021* 1,677 3 35 1
All farm types Weidegebied van het Noorderveld (LB) 2021* 5,021 9 73 2
All farm types Smilde en Centr. Zandgebied in Dr. (LB) 2021* 15,518 7,460 200 7
All farm types Zuidw. Weidegebied in Drenthe (LB) 2021* 20,866 5,762 329 12
All farm types Zuidelijk Zandgebied in Drenthe (LB) 2021* 14,763 2,392 209 10
All farm types Drentse Veenkoloniën en Hondsrug (LB) 2021* 12,652 3,177 170 5
All farm types Weidegebied in Overijssel (LB) 2021* 48,936 16,588 880 28
All farm types Noordoost-Overijssel (LB) 2021* 21,349 8,809 375 12
All farm types Twente (LB) 2021* 60,205 25,464 1,350 32
All farm types Salland (LB) 2021* 25,200 17,781 539 19
All farm types Noordoostelijke Polder (LB) 2021* 5,152 4,475 91 4
All farm types Zuidelijke IJsselmeerpolders (LB) 2021* 14,591 2,704 159 3
All farm types Oostelijke Veluwe (LB) 2021* 12,716 12,718 259 13
All farm types IJsselstreek (LB) 2021* 10,531 864 181 4
All farm types Zuidelijk Gelderland (LB) 2021* 12,523 14,049 196 15
All farm types Oostelijke Betuwe en Nijmegen (LB) 2021* 783 3,026 14 2
All farm types Veluwezoom en Betuwe (LB) 2021* 18,014 19,916 309 18
All farm types Bommelerwaard (LB) 2021* 4,822 8,566 80 4
All farm types Westelijke Veluwe (LB) 2021* 16,033 35,032 423 32
All farm types Achterhoek (LB) 2021* 71,250 23,057 1,422 31
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 for 2021 are provisional, the other figures are final.

Changes as of 19 November 2021: the provisional 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.
Young animals for milk
Young animals for the production of milk.
Goats
From 2018 onwards the goats data are derived from the I&R register (Identification and Registration) for sheep. As a result, the classification has changed compared to previous years.
Goats for milking
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.
Young animals for milk
Young animals for the production of milk.
Goats
From 2018 onwards the goats data are derived from the I&R register (Identification and Registration) for sheep. As a result, the classification has changed compared to previous years.
Goats for milking