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)
Young cattle for milk (total) 2020 December 985
Young cattle for milk (total) 2021 April* 967
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female 2020 December 455
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, female 2021 April* 451
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male 2020 December 54
Young cattle for milk, < 1 year, male 2021 April* 41
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female 2020 December 394
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, female 2021 April* 399
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male 2020 December 10
Young cattle for milk, 1-2 years, male 2021 April* 10
Young cattle for milk, >= 2 years, fem. 2020 December 72
Young cattle for milk, >= 2 years, fem. 2021 April* 65
Sheep for milking 7 months to 1 year 2020 December 3
Sheep for milking 7 months to 1 year 2021 April* 1
Sheep for milking older than 1 year 2020 December 12
Sheep for milking older than 1 year 2021 April* 14
Source: CBS.
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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 October 15, 2021:
The provisional figures for April 2021 have been updated.

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).