EU Cow Numbers

Published 29 March 18

  • The number of dairy cows in the EU-28 in 2017 stood at 23.3 million, a decrease of 1% from 2016
  • Germany held the most dairy cows out of all EU-28 countries in 2017 with 4.2 million, making up 18.0% of the total EU-28 dairy cow population. Malta continues to be the smallest milk producer with just 6,140 dairy cows in 2017, down 5.5% on 2016
  • 18 of the EU-28 countries declined in cow numbers year on year in 2017, with the Netherlands seeing the largest absolute decrease – down 129,000 cows on 2016
  • Ireland had the largest absolute increase of dairy cows in the EU-28 in 2017, up 48,000 (3.7%) year on year
  • The UK accounted for 8.2% of the total dairy cows in the EU-28 in 2017, standing at 1.9 million. This is a 4,000 cow (0.2%) increase compared to the previous year.

For more information on EU dairy cows per country click here.

For more information on EU milk deliveries click here.

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Source: Eurostat