Cattle, or cows (female) and bulls (male), are the most prevalent type of large domesticated ungulates animals.
Cattle were domesticated from as few as 80 ancestors in central Anatolia, Levant, and Iran about 10.5 thousand years ago.
Nowadays, cattle are usually raised as livestock for meat and milk. Sometimes they are used as riding and draft animals. Moreover, another product of cattle is their dung, which can be used as fertilizer or fuel. In some nations, such as India, cattle have significant theological meaning.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are approximately one billion cattle on our planet.
The map below shows where do the world’s one billion cows live.
India is the top nation by the number of cattle in the world. As of 2020, the number of livestock in India was more than 305 million heads, estimating 33% of the cattle’s global number. The top five nations (India, Brazil, China, the U.S., and Argentina) account for almost 88% of it.
Top 15 counties by bumber of cattle (2020)
- India – 305.4 million
- Brazil – 252.3 million
- China – 95.7 million
- The United States – 94.8 million
- Argentina – 54.0 millions
- Australia – 23.2 million
- Russia – 18.0 millions
- Mexico – 17.0 millions
- Uruguay – 12.2 million
- Canada – 11.2 million
- New Zealand – 10.1 million
- Egypt – 7.9 million
- Belarus – 4.3 million
- Japan – 3.9 million
- South Korea – 3.8 million