World Dairy Cow Numbers

Published 14 January 14

  • The FAO has reported that there were 260m dairy cows in the world in 2011.

  • Approximately 53% of the world's dairy cows were held by the top 10 countries (based on those who have reported figures for 2011).
  • The UK was 30th in the list with 1.8m cows.

Figures for 2011 show that there were approximately 260m dairy cows in the world, a decrease of 1.5m (0.6%) compared to the previous year.  India is the largest holder of dairy cattle with a total of 44.9m for 2011, which was an increase of more than 2.1m (5.0%) on 2010.

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Countries by Cow Numbers (Cows Milk, Whole, Fresh)
    2009 2010 2011
1 India 41,461,000 42,755,000 44,900,000
2 Brazil 22,435,289 22,924,914 23,229,193
3 China 12,242,575 12,410,173 12,297,297
4 Ethiopia 9,919,368 9,627,747 10,676,783
5 Pakistan 9,744,000 10,112,000 10,493,000
6 United States of America 9,198,000 9,124,000 9,198,000
7 Russian Federation 8,740,968 8,351,185 8,136,896
8 Sudan 14,609,000 14,679,000 7,518,000
9 United Republic of Tanzania 6,800,000 6,900,000 6,900,000
10 Kenya 6,113,800 5,001,600 5,545,000
30 UK 1,864,000 1,850,000 1,815,000
         
  World  259,786,258 261,519,461 260,042,606

Source: FAO