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Cattle – or more commonly ‘cows’ – are one of the most common domesticated animals all over the world.  Brazil is the number one home of cattle livestock, followed by India and the United States.

They are mainly raised as a source for meat, milk and other dairy products, but also used for their leather or dung, latter for fuel or manure. The industrial farming of cattle has an impact on the environment.

In Brazil the cattle sector is one of the main reasons for the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon, occupying more than 60 per cent of the deforested area

Cows also have a cultural role in some countries, such as India they are celebrated as holy animals and protected by law; in Nepal the are the national animal.




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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportionate to the number of cattle there in 2016.

Data sources
This map uses data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (last accessed March 2018). (last accessed March 2018). The data on livestock numbers are intended to cover all domestic animals irrespective of their age and the place or purpose of their breeding. Estimates have been made for non-reporting countries as well as for countries reporting incomplete data.

We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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