Number of farms, dairy cows and dairy heifers

Overview of the Canadian dairy industry at the farm level.

Dairy barns by type in Canada.
The table below represents the data to produce the graph above
Number of dairy farms, cows and heifers by province in Canada
Province BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL CANADA
Number of Farms with Milk Shipments as of Aug 1 472 509 166 269 3,446 4,925 189 203 166 26 10,371
Number of Dairy Cows as of July 1 82,500 83,400 27,600 38,700 320,400 356,100 18,000 21,600 13,900 5,700 968,700
Number of Dairy Heifers as of July 1 40,100 42,600 10,700 20,900 152,400 146,800 8,600 9,200 6,300 2,200 439,800
Source: Statistics Canada and Canadian Dairy Commission
Calculations done by AAFC-AID, Market Information Section

Number farms, dairy cows & heifers

This section houses reports on the Number of farms, dairy cows and heifers in various formats.

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Number of farms, dairy cows and heifers by province

D042 Number of dairy cows and heifers by province
Report displays number of dairy cows or dairy heifers by province for selected number of years on January 1st or July 1st.
Source: Canadian Dairy Commission
D056 Number of farms with shipments of milk by province
Report displays number of farms with shipments of milk on August 1st per province for selected number of years.
Source: Canadian Dairy Commission

World number of dairy cows

DP002A Number of dairy cows for select countries
Report displays the number of dairy cows by country, for the last 10 years.
Source: Statistics Canada and the International Dairy Federation

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