1.3 million units of cattle in Flanders in 2017
In 2017, Flanders had 1.3 million units of cattle. Since the 1990s, there has been a downward trend in cattle, which, however, increased again after 2014. In 2017 this brief increase came to an end: in 1 year, the number of suckler cows declined by 9%.
In the 2005-2017 interval, there was a 6% increase of the dairy herd, while the suckler herd shrank by 15%. The growth of the dairy herd seems to have stopped in recent years.
5.7 million pigs
In 2017, there were 5.7 million pigs in Flanders. Since 2005, the total number of pigs has fluctuated round the 6 million mark, with a downward trend since 2013. The number of sows has been declining for some time and is now down 29% from 2005.
34.2 million units of poultry
In 2017, Flanders had 34.2 million units of poultry. There has been a noticeable growth in poultry in recent years, particularly in meat chickens. The growth slowed down somewhat in 2017, partly due to the Fipronil crisis.
Cattle density highest in West Flanders
West Flanders has the highest number of cattle per hectare. The cattle density in Meetjesland, Waasland, Pajottenland, Noorderkempen and North Limburg is also fairly high.
Pig livestock density highest in West Flanders
West Flanders has the highest number of pigs per hectare. Pig livestock density in Meetjesland, Waasland, Noorderkempen and North Limburg is also fairly high.
Poultry livestock density highest in West Flanders and the Noorderkempen
West Flanders and the Noorderkempen have the highest number of poultry per hectar. Poultry livestock density is also fairly high in Meetjesland, Waasland and the North of Limburg.