Number of dairy cows in Norway 2008-2018

In recent years, the number of dairy cows in Norway decreased slightly. According to the preliminary figures for 2018, there were more than 219 thousand dairy cows on Norwegian farms. In 2008, for instance, the number was nearly 29 thousand higher than ten years later. By comparison, the average number of dairy cows per farm increased constantly over this period, reaching on average 27.9 cows on a Norwegian dairy farm.

Number of holdings

   Since 2008, the number of dairy farms in Norway decreased. In 2017, there were roughly eight thousand holdings keeping dairy cows in the country. The number decreased further in 2019, according to preliminary figures. In summary, there were fewer farms for milk production keeping on average more dairy cows.

Dairy goats

  The number of dairy goats has fluctuated in the period from 2008 to 2018. As of 2018, there were more than 34 thousand dairy goats on Norwegian farms. Four years earlier, the number was down at the lowest point. Besides this, the average number of dairy goats per holdings has increased. In 2018, it amounted to an average number of 118 goats per dairy holding in Norway.

Number of dairy cows in Norway from 2008 to 2018

Number of animals
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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Special properties

number of animals as of July 31

Supplementary notes

* Preliminary figures.

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