Number of farms, dairy cows and heifers

Overview of the Canadian dairy industry at the farm

Map of Canada with provincial data on farm and dairy cows and heifers.
The table below represents the data to produce the graph above

Number of dairy farms, cows and heifers by province in

Number of dairy farms, cows and heifers by province in
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL CANADA
Number of Farms with Milk Shipments as of Aug 1 477 517 162 277 3,534 5,120 192 207 161 32 10,679
Number of Dairy Cows as of July 1 83,500 81,200 29,000 40,200 319,100 357,200 19,000 21,200 13,700 5,600 969,700
Number of Dairy Heifers as of July 1 40,600 41,000 11,400 20,800 151,600 143,700 8,500 9,300 6,300 2,300 435,500

Source: Statistics Canada and Canadian Dairy Commission
Calculations done by AAFC-AID, Market Information Section

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AIMIS - Number farms, dairy cows & heifers

Welcome to the "Agricultural Industry Market Information System" (AIMIS). This section houses reports on the Number of farms, dairy cows and heifers in various formats.

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
Note: Data for British Columbia is preliminary and currently under review.
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

If you are unable to access files, please contact the Canadian Dairy Information Centre to request an alternative format.