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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018
number
of heads¹
number
of heads¹
number
of heads¹
number
of heads¹
No. slaughtered cows² kg of milk
per cow²³
% protein² % fat²
Emilia-Romagna 276.072 277.245 273.918 267.973 121.353 9.216 3,39 3,70
Friuli-Venezia Giulia 37.612 41.804 42.807 33.941 19.265 8.321 3,43 3,94
Liguria 3.437 2.551 2.758 2.134 198 3.427 3,40 3,71
Lombardia 481.772 478.881 478.881 504.340 294.080 10.166 3,39 3,80
Piemonte 179.179 176.152 148.672 139.983 67.765 9.053 3,43 3,89
Trentino-Alto Adige 81.274 83.947 97.229 77.699 47.993 7.615 3,50 4,04
Valle d'Aosta 18.507 17.954 14.956 15.465 10.988 3.465 3,31 3,45
Veneto 170.779 167.757 154.001 143.445 51.884 9.280 3,43 3,79
Lazio 84.450 71.731 60.541 52.761 2.604 9.881 3,34 3,98
Marche 10.573 10.205 10.889 6.783 657 6.845 3,37 3,72
Toscana 17.778 17.601 12.726 11.622 2.758 8.831 3,45 3,95
Umbria 8.429 9.944 8.433 6.361 2.867 8.677 3,34 3,76
Abruzzo 17.422 15.971 20.826 14.020 5.083 7.165 3,34 3,84
Basilicata 32.510 32.014 37.809 28.144 9.546 8.875 3,40 3,89
Calabria 29.916 35.222 32.686 26.244 4.631 8.618 3,44 3,83
Campania 72.265 83.219 78.808 70.124 4.102 8.934 3,42 3,97
Molise 17.655 16.908 16.333 13.677 3.088 6.538 3,40 3,80
Puglia 103.358 102.203 107.926 104.377 23.985 8.449 3,49 3,85
Sardegna 66.124 68.955 72.954 62.164 10.624 9.921 3,38 3,98
Sicilia 117.372 111.500 117.967 112.075 n.p. n.p. n.p. n.p.
North 1.248.632 1.246.291 1.213.222 1.184.980 613.526
Middle 121.230 109.481 92.589 77.527 8.886
Sud e Isole 456.622 465.992 485.309 430.825 61.059
Italy 1.826.484 1.821.764 1.791.120 1.693.332 683.471
Last Update: 24-06-2019
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.