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.