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 December 3,705
Cattle (total) 2022 April* 3,768
Young cattle for milk (total) 2021 December 984
Young cattle for milk (total) 2022 April* 982
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female 2021 December 449
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female 2022 April* 453
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male 2021 December 48
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male 2022 April* 40
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female 2021 December 405
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female 2022 April* 413
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male 2021 December 10
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male 2022 April* 9
Young cattle for milk, >= 2 years, fem. 2021 December 72
Young cattle for milk, >= 2 years, fem. 2022 April* 67
Dairy cows (>= 2 years) 2021 December 1,554
Dairy cows (>= 2 years) 2022 April* 1,571
Veal calves (total) 2021 December 960
Veal calves (total) 2022 April* 975
Calves for rosé meat (< 1 year) 2021 December 328
Calves for rosé meat (< 1 year) 2022 April* 352
Calves for white meat (< 1 year) 2021 December 632
Calves for white meat (< 1 year) 2022 April* 623
Young cattle for meat (total) 2021 December 150
Young cattle for meat (total) 2022 April* 175
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, female 2021 December 26
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, female 2022 April* 35
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, male 2021 December 35
Young cattle for meat < 1 year, male 2022 April* 44
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, female 2021 December 28
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, female 2022 April* 33
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, male 2021 December 38
Young cattle for meat 1-2 years, male 2022 April* 39
Young cattle for meat >= 2 years, female 2021 December 21
Young cattle for meat >= 2 years, female 2022 April* 24
Other cattle (total) 2021 December 45
Other cattle (total) 2022 April* 52
Bulls (>= 2 years) (total) 2021 December 12
Bulls (>= 2 years) (total) 2022 April* 12
Sheep (total) 2021 December 729
Sheep (total) 2022 April* 814
Sheep 0 to 7 months 2021 December 93
Sheep 0 to 7 months 2022 April* 272
Sheep for milking 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 4
Sheep for milking 7 months to 1 year 2022 April* 1
Sheep for milking older than 1 year 2021 December 13
Sheep for milking older than 1 year 2022 April* 13
Other sheep 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 234
Other sheep 7 months to 1 year 2022 April* 85
Other sheep older than 1 year 2021 December 358
Other sheep older than 1 year 2022 April* 419
Rams >= 7 months 2021 December 27
Rams >= 7 months 2022 April* 23
Goats (total) 2021 December 575
Goats (total) 2022 April* 644
Goats 0 to 7 months 2021 December 33
Goats 0 to 7 months 2022 April* 132
Dairy goats 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 103
Dairy goats 7 months to 1 year 2022 April* 33
Dairy goats 1 year or older 2021 December 416
Dairy goats 1 year or older 2022 April* 456
Other goats 7 months to 1 year 2021 December 2
Other goats 7 months to 1 year 2022 April* 2
Other goats 1 year or older 2021 December 11
Other goats 1 year or older 2022 April* 12
Male goats 7 months or older 2021 December 11
Male goats 7 months or older 2022 April* 10
Chickens (total) 2021 December 89,503
Chickens (total) 2022 April* 88,515
Laying hens (total) 2021 December 41,899
Laying hens (total) 2022 April* 41,498
Laying hens for rearing 2021 December 8,489
Laying hens for rearing 2022 April* 9,194
Laying hens for production (< 20 months) 2021 December 30,534
Laying hens for production (< 20 months) 2022 April* 28,139
Laying hens for production (>=20 months) 2021 December 2,876
Laying hens for production (>=20 months) 2022 April* 4,165
Breeding stock for laying hens (total) 2021 December 1,757
Breeding stock for laying hens (total) 2022 April* 1,787
Breeding stock for laying hens, rearing 2021 December 576
Breeding stock for laying hens, rearing 2022 April* 475
Breeding stock for laying hens prod. 2021 December 1,181
Breeding stock for laying hens prod. 2022 April* 1,312
Broilers 2021 December 38,785
Broilers 2022 April* 38,289
Breeding stock for broilers (total) 2021 December 7,062
Breeding stock for broilers (total) 2022 April* 6,941
Breeding stock for broilers, rearing 2021 December 2,926
Breeding stock for broilers, rearing 2022 April* 2,560
Breeding stock for broilers; production 2021 December 4,137
Breeding stock for broilers; production 2022 April* 4,381
Ducks for slaughter 2021 December 722
Ducks for slaughter 2022 April* 614
Turkeys 2021 December 601
Turkeys 2022 April* 473
Pigs (total) 2021 December 10,872
Pigs (total) 2022 April* 11,237
Piglets < 20 kg, still with the sow 2021 December 1,766
Piglets < 20 kg, still with the sow 2022 April* 1,983
Young pigs < 50 kg 2021 December 4,556
Young pigs < 50 kg 2022 April* 4,750
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 August 26, 2022:
The provisional figures for April 2022 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).