Livestock on agricultural holdings: reference date 1 April and 1 December

Livestock on agricultural holdings: reference date 1 April and 1 December

Farm animals Periods Livestock (x 1000)
Cattle (total) 2021 April 3,732
Cattle (total) 2021 December 3,705
Young cattle for milk (total) 2021 April 966
Young cattle for milk (total) 2021 December 984
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female 2021 April 451
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female 2021 December 449
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male 2021 April 41
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male 2021 December 48
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female 2021 April 399
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female 2021 December 405
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male 2021 April 10
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male 2021 December 10
Young cattle for milk, >= 2 years, fem. 2021 April 65
Young cattle for milk, >= 2 years, fem. 2021 December 72
Dairy cows (>= 2 years) 2021 April 1,571
Dairy cows (>= 2 years) 2021 December 1,554
Veal calves (total) 2021 April 958
Veal calves (total) 2021 December 960
Calves for rosé meat (< 1 year) 2021 April 339
Calves for rosé meat (< 1 year) 2021 December 328
Calves for white meat (< 1 year) 2021 April 619
Calves for white meat (< 1 year) 2021 December 632
Young cattle for meat (total) 2021 April 168
Young cattle for meat (total) 2021 December 150
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, female 2021 April 32
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, female 2021 December 26
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, male 2021 April 42
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, male 2021 December 35
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, female 2021 April 32
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, female 2021 December 28
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, male 2021 April 38
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, male 2021 December 38
Young cattle for meat >= 2 years, female 2021 April 23
Young cattle for meat >= 2 years, female 2021 December 21
Other cattle (total) 2021 April 56
Other cattle (total) 2021 December 45
Bulls (>= 2 years) (total) 2021 April 13
Bulls (>= 2 years) (total) 2021 December 12
Sheep (total) 2021 April 860
Sheep (total) 2021 December 729
Sheep 0 to 7 months 2021 April 338
Sheep 0 to 7 months 2021 December 93
Sheep for milking 7 months to 1 year 2021 April 1
Sheep for milking 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 4
Sheep for milking older than 1 year 2021 April 14
Sheep for milking older than 1 year 2021 December 13
Other sheep 7 months to 1 year 2021 April 72
Other sheep 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 234
Other sheep older than 1 year 2021 April 413
Other sheep older than 1 year 2021 December 358
Rams >= 7 months 2021 April 22
Rams >= 7 months 2021 December 27
Goats (total) 2021 April 643
Goats (total) 2021 December 575
Goats 0 to 7 months 2021 April 137
Goats 0 to 7 months 2021 December 33
Dairy goats 7 months to 1 year 2021 April 32
Dairy goats 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 103
Dairy goats 1 year or older 2021 April 451
Dairy goats 1 year or older 2021 December 416
Other goats 7 months to 1 year 2021 April 1
Other goats 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 2
Other goats 1 year or older 2021 April 11
Other goats 1 year or older 2021 December 11
Male goats 7 months or older 2021 April 10
Male goats 7 months or older 2021 December 11
Chickens (total) 2021 April 89,508
Chickens (total) 2021 December 89,503
Laying hens (total) 2021 April 42,442
Laying hens (total) 2021 December 41,899
Laying hens for rearing 2021 April 10,109
Laying hens for rearing 2021 December 8,489
Laying hens for production (< 20 months) 2021 April 29,431
Laying hens for production (< 20 months) 2021 December 30,534
Laying hens for production (>=20 months) 2021 April 2,902
Laying hens for production (>=20 months) 2021 December 2,876
Breeding stock for laying hens (total) 2021 April 1,765
Breeding stock for laying hens (total) 2021 December 1,757
Breeding stock for laying hens, rearing 2021 April 485
Breeding stock for laying hens, rearing 2021 December 576
Breeding stock for laying hens prod. 2021 April 1,280
Breeding stock for laying hens prod. 2021 December 1,181
Broilers 2021 April 37,928
Broilers 2021 December 38,785
Breeding stock for broilers (total) 2021 April 7,373
Breeding stock for broilers (total) 2021 December 7,062
Breeding stock for broilers, rearing 2021 April 2,710
Breeding stock for broilers, rearing 2021 December 2,926
Breeding stock for broilers; production 2021 April 4,663
Breeding stock for broilers; production 2021 December 4,137
Ducks for slaughter 2021 April 568
Ducks for slaughter 2021 December 722
Turkeys 2021 April 589
Turkeys 2021 December 601
Pigs (total) 2021 April 11,372
Pigs (total) 2021 December 10,872
Piglets < 20 kg, still with the sow 2021 April 1,978
Piglets < 20 kg, still with the sow 2021 December 1,766
Young pigs < 50 kg 2021 April 4,819
Young pigs < 50 kg 2021 December 4,556
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains data on the number of cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks for slaughter and pigs on Dutch agricultural holdings. The number of animals is determined on April 1st and December1st .
The number of animals can differ from those in the tables of the agricultural census (see ‘links to relevant tables and relevant articles).
In the agricultural census the number of veal calves, fattening pigs, chicken and turkey are, from 2018 onwards, 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.

Data available from: 1 April 2018.

Status of the figures:
New figures on the number of animals are first published as 'provisional' and when more complete figures of the Agricultural Census become available, they are adjusted accordingly from provisional to 'definitive'.

Changes as of May 13, 2022:
The definite figures for April 2021 and December 2021 have been added.

Changes as of February 17, 2022:
As a result of an incomplete merge of the source file with poultry data with the population of farms from the agricultural census, the data on poultry for reference date 1 December were initially calculated too low for the reporting years 2018 - 2021. These figures have been adjusted after re-merging the files.

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.

Description topics

Livestock
Total livestock includes the following livestock categories observed in the agricultural census: - cattle; - sheep and goats; - fattening pigs and breeding pigs (including piglets); - poultry (excluding other poultry: geese, pheasants, ostriches, guinea fowls and such).