World Dairy Cow Numbers

Published 17 December 14

  • The FAO has reported that there were 270m dairy cows in the world in 2012.
  • Approximately 54% of the world's dairy cows were held by the top 10 countries (based on those who have reported figures for 2012).
  • The UK was 30th in the list with 1.8m cows.

Figures for 2012 show that there were approximately 270m dairy cows in the world, an increase of 2.3m (0.9%) compared to the previous year.  India is the largest holder of dairy cattle with a total of 45.2m for 2012, which was an increase of 0.3m (0.6%) on 2011.

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Countries by Cow Numbers (Cows Milk, Whole, Fresh)

 

 

2010

2011

2012

1

India

42,755,000

44,900,000

45,150,000

2

Brazil

22,924,914

23,229,193

22,803,519

3

Sudan

14,679,000

14,706,000

14,733,000

4

China

12,410,173

12,297,297

12,525,601

5

Ethiopia

10,676,783

10,577,781

10,711,484

6

Pakistan

10,112,000

10,493,000

10,600,000

7

United States of America

9,124,000

9,198,000

9,233,000

8

Russian Federation

8,351,185

8,136,896

8,068,689

9

United Republic of Tanzania

6,900,000

6,900,000

6,900,000

10

Kenya

5,001,600

5,545,000

5,720,000

30

UK

1,850,000

1,815,000

1,807,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

World

262,772,978

267,532,661

269,877,654

Source: FAO