Italian Dairy Cow Population

This page provides with data referring to the dairy cow population. To note that Dairy cows account for an important part of the livestock sector in Italy.

The data on the table here below provide, in the given period, with:
  • Heads of cattle
  • Milk yeald (kg) per cow
  • % protein content
  • % fat content

N.B.: The benefits of genetic researches, improved cattle housing hygienic conditions and higher feed quality have a positive influence into the increasing milk yield per cow and as a consequence to the total milk production volume.

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  Italy - Milk cows (number of heads)
Source: ISTAT
AIA - Milk Quality Control Bulletin
Region 2013 2014 2015 2016 2016
number
of heads¹
number
of heads¹
number
of heads¹
number
of heads¹
No. slaughtered cows² kg of milk
per cow²³
% protein² % fat²
Emilia-Romagna 303.023 279.134 276.072 277.245 118.544 8.788 3,37 3,72
Friuli-Venezia Giulia 36.720 32.219 37.612 41.804 18.331 7.973 3,41 3,94
Liguria 2.856 2.416 3.437 2.551 816 5.221 3,42 3,87
Lombardia 456.464 482.322 481.772 478.881 285.912 9.793 3,37 3,81
Piemonte 163.788 186.964 179.179 176.152 62.248 8.811 3,39 3,80
Trentino-Alto Adige 116.866 84.609 81.274 83.947 47.302 7.330 3,49 4,08
Valle d'Aosta 21.860 15.666 18.507 17.954 11.228 3.321 3,30 3,48
Veneto 186.931 170.478 170.779 167.757 51.718 8.917 3,39 3,84
Lazio 68.767 84.304 84.450 71.731 12.918 8.792 3,34 3,72
Marche 6.023 10.700 10.573 10.205 1.493 7.497 3,39 3,74
Toscana 13.201 15.774 17.778 17.601 2.912 8.673 3,39 3,81
Umbria 10.287 8.629 8.429 9.944 3.409 8.517 3,34 3,75
Abruzzo 26.205 17.880 17.422 15.971 6.471 6.862 3,35 3,76
Basilicata 38.178 32.712 32.510 32.014 9.466 8.577 3,38 3,90
Calabria 18.963 30.520 29.916 35.222 4.661 7.994 3,41 3,80
Campania 80.518 71.890 72.265 83.219 4.074 8.053 3,36 3,88
Molise 18.666 17.395 17.655 16.908 3.124 6.527 3,36 3,73
Puglia 101.639 103.445 103.358 102.203 23.309 8.105 3,46 3,80
Sardegna 60.001 66.227 66.124 68.955 12.766 9.666 3,35 3,92
Sicilia 131.171 117.706 117.372 111.500 7.490 6.070 3,21 3,53
North 1.288.508 1.253.808 1.248.632 1.246.291 596.099
Middle 98.278 119.407 121.230 109.481 20.732
South 475.341 457.775 456.622 465.992 71.361
Italy 1.862.127 1.830.990 1.826.484 1.821.764 688.192
Last Update: 11-07-2017
Source: AIA, ISTAT

1) Source ISTAT: figures are representative of the Italian average milk production per cow per year reported at December 1st of each year.
2) Source: AIA (italian breeders association). Data refer to the period "October 1 - September 30" of each year and to the bovine herds monitored by AIA.
3) "kg of milk per cow" has to be intended as annual average milk production per cow.