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EU Cow Numbers
Published 11 December 15
- The number of dairy cows in the EU 28 in 2014 stood at 23.56 million, an increase of 0.4% from 2013.
- Germany has consistently had the highest number of dairy cows in the EU year on year, accounting for 18.2% of the total EU 28 dairy cow population in 2014.
- Malta was the smallest milk producer with just 6,500 dairy cows in 2014.
For more information on EU dairy cows per country click here.
The number of dairy cows in the EU 28 2014 stood at 23.56 million, an increase of 0.4% (89,000 cows) when compared with 2013 and up 1.6% (364,00 head) on 2012.
Germany held the most dairy cows out of all EU 28 countries in 2014, 4.30 million, an increase of 28,000 cows when compared with 2013 and it coninuted to account for 18.2% of the total EU 28 dairy cow population. Malta continues to be the smallest milk producer with just 6,500 dairy cows in 2014, up 2.7% on 2013.
Twelve countries had reduced dairy herds in 2014 on the previous year. Poland continued to reduce its dairy herd, between 2013 and 2014 this was by 51,000 cows (2.2%). Numbers in Croatia were down 5.4% on the year to 159,000 head in 2014. Other countries which had a fall in numbers include Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia and Slovenia.
There were 15 countries that saw dairy cow numbers rise between 2013 and 2014, most noticeably the UK where numbers were up 3.6% on the year to 1.88 million head and also in the Republic of Ireland, up 4.2% to 1.13m. Numbers in France, the second largest EU herd were unchanged on 2013 at 3.70 million head.
For more information on EU milk deliveries click here.