The national Dairy cow population has seen an increase over the past number of years due to the abolition of quotas leading to expansion. Total cow numbers for 2017 are 1,443,409. This is up from a figure of 1,408,230 in 2016. We have taken the 2017 dairy cow population figures and broken them down county by county so we can see which counties are the most heavily populated.
Unsurprisingly county Cork is leading the way with a total of 370,564 dairy cows. This figure is over 200,000 higher than the dairy cow population in county Tipperary which is the second most highly populated county with a figure of 164,245. The third most highly populated county for dairy cows is county Limerick with a figure of 117,400 dairy cows. Limerick is followed closely by county Kerry which has a figure of 103,172 dairy cows. The least most populated county for dairy cows is county Leitrim with a population of just 2,651 dairy cows. The second least populated county is county Dublin with a population of 3,202 dairy cows. County Roscommon completes the bottom 3 counties for dairy cow population with a figure of 7,012 dairy cows.