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CBS: Dutch herd of cattle with a shrink of 3 percent in one year

2019-07-15T22:35:06.069Z

The cattle population in the Netherlands has shrunk slightly. Our country had almost 3.8 million cattle on 1 April of this year. This is 121,000, or 3 percent less than on 1 April 2018. This is according to preliminary figures from the Agricultural Census 2019 of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).


The cattle population in the Netherlands has shrunk slightly. Our country had almost 3.8 million cattle on 1 April of this year. This is 121,000, or 3 percent less than on 1 April 2018. This is according to preliminary figures from the Agricultural Census 2019 of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

On 1 April, the Netherlands had 1.6 million adult dairy cows. That is over 33,000 (2 percent) fewer than a year earlier.

Dairy farmers mainly keep fewer calves and heifers (annual animals) to replace the dairy cow. The number of these young animals again fell sharply by more than 100,000, a shrinkage of almost 10 percent.

The number of veal calves has risen by almost 2 percent, breaking the limit of 1 million animals. Other cattle fell by just under 2 percent to 244,000 animals, according to the CBS.

Source: nunl

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