World Dairy Cow Numbers

Published 18 January 15

  • The FAO has reported that there were 271m dairy cows in the world in 2013.
  • Approximately 54% of the world's dairy cows were held by the top 10 countries (based on those who have reported figures for 2013).
  • The UK was 32nd in the list with 1.8m cows.

Figures for 2013 show that there were approximately 271m dairy cows in the world, an increase of 2.1m (0.8%) compared to the previous year.  India is the largest holder of dairy cattle with a total of 44.9m for 2013, which was an increase of 0.9m (2.2%) on 2012.

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Countries by Cow Numbers (Cows Milk, Whole, Fresh)
    2011 2012 2013
1 India 43,717,000 43,954,023 44,900,000
2 Brazil 23,229,193 22,803,519 22,954,537
3 Sudan 14,706,000 14,733,000 14,800,000
4 China 12,297,297 12,207,197 12,159,146
5 Pakistan 10,493,000 10,888,000 11,299,000
6 Ethiopia 10,577,781 10,711,484 10,900,000
7 United States of America 9,198,000 9,233,000 9,217,900
8 Russian Federation 8,136,896 8,049,849 7,766,275
9 United Republic of Tanzania 6,900,000 6,900,000 6,950,000
10 Kenya 5,545,000 5,720,000 5,740,000
32 UK 1,815,000 1,806,000 1,797,000
         
  World  268,002,672 268,727,507 270,848,210

 

Source: FAO