Number of animals in livestock farming in the Netherlands in 2016

In 2016, over 100 million animals lived on farms in the Netherlands. Poultry made up the large majority of the animals used for the production of eggs and meat. Broiler chicken, kept for their meat, and breeder hens, kept for their eggs, numbered 48.4 and 46 million animals respectively. That year, breeder hens in the Netherlands produced over 700,000 tons of eggs.

 Scaling up part I: meat production

  One of the most important trends in livestock farming in the Netherlands is scaling up. This is the case both for companies with broilers and companies with laying hens. The number of companies keeping broiler chickens decreased by nearly 130 in the past decade. At the same time, a company with broilers had an average of 77,200 animals in 2017, compared to under 58,000 in 2007.

Scaling up part II: egg production

  This trend of scaling up is even more clearly visible when looking at developments concerning companies with laying hens. Between 2007 and 2017, the number of companies decreased by nearly half. At the same time, the average number of hens per company almost doubled, from just under 23,000 animals in 2007 to nearly 40,500 in 2017.  

Number of animals in livestock farming in the Netherlands in 2016

Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Single Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Single Account

$39 $59 per month *
in the first 12 months
33% Discount until June 30th
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$468 / Year
$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date

January 2017



Survey time period


Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account.

Single Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 $39 / Month *
in the first 12 months
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract; Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Agriculture sector in the Netherlands"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.