World Dairy Cow Numbers

Published 14 June 17

  • The FAO has reported that there were 274m dairy cows in the world in 2014.
  • Approximately 55% of the world's dairy cows were held by the top 10 countries (based on those who have reported figures for 2014).
  • The UK was 29th in the list with nearly 1.9m cows.

Figures for 2014 show that there were approximately 274m dairy cows in the world, an increase of 3.1m (1.2%) compared to the previous year.  India is the largest holder of dairy cattle with a total of 45.9m for 2014, which was an increase of 1.2m (2.6%) on 2013.

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Countries by Cow Numbers (Cows Milk, Whole, Fresh)
    2012 2013 2014
1 India 44,513,330 44,791,256 45,949,160
2 Brazil 22,803,519 22,954,537 23,027,951
3 Sudan 14,733,000 15,137,000 15,336,000
4 China 12,207,197 12,159,154 12,560,525
5 Pakistan 10,888,000 11,299,000 11,725,000
6 Ethiopia 10,711,484 11,000,000 11,381,972
7 United States of America 9,235,500 9,221,200 9,207,600
8 Russian Federation 8,068,689 7,766,275 7,572,692
9 United Republic of Tanzania 6,900,000 6,950,000 7,000,000
10 Colombia 6,132,147 6,274,567 6,278,172
29 UK 1,798,000 1,794,000 1,851,000
         
  World  268,999,911 270,862,098 274,002,446

Source: FAO