Livestock

  • 1.3 million units of cattle in Flanders

    In 2018, Flanders had nearly 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 the 2005-2018 interval, there was an 8% increase of the dairy herd, while the suckler herd shrank by 18%.



    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. 

  • 5.8 million pigs

    In 2018, there were 5.8 million pigs in Flanders. Since 2005, the total number of pigs fluctuated around 6 million, followed by a downward trend since 2013. The number of sows has been declining for some time and was in 2018 31% lower than in 2005.

  • 41 million units of poultry

    In 2018, Flanders had 41 million units of poultry. There has been a noticeable growth in poultry in recent years, particularly in meat chickens.

  • 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 hectare. Poultry livestock density is also fairly high in Meetjesland, Waasland and the North of Limburg.

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Publication date

19 February 2020

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December 2020

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