Data on number of livestock are collected and compiled in compliance with the requirements of the European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008. As a result, data acquired cover information on number of livestock at the end of the year.


Technically and economically independent unit having common management producing agricultural products or preserving good agricultural and environmental conditions in the soil.

Holdings may produce also non-agricultural products and provide non-agricultural services.

Covers all kinds of livestock meat in slaughter weight acquired in slaughterhouses and agricultural holdings.

Number of livestock (cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, poultry) on agricultural holding at the corresponding date.

Data availability

Dissemination format and release calendar

Theme Reference period Planned release datesort icon Remarks
Number of livestock
  • 2017
Number of livestock
  • 2017

Theme Reference period Actual release datesort icon Remarks
Number of livestock
  • 2016
Number of livestock
  • 2015
Number of livestock
  • 2014
Number of livestock
  • 2013
Number of livestock
  • 2012


Download CSB publications on various time periods (starting from 2007) in section E-publications.

Data on agricultural indicators, crop production and livestock production are available also in the statistical yearbooks. Statistical yearbooks are available in E-publication section under topic "General statistics".



Data are collected and published in compliance with:

  • Classification of Administrative Territories and Territorial Units of the Republic of Latvia (CATTU);
  • Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

A Classification Catalogue with classification codes and their explanations has been published on the CSB website.

Customised data sets

If you would like to obtain statistical data that are not available in publications or in the CSB online data base, please send us an information request:
 - postal mail: 1 Lāčplēša Street, Riga, Latvia, LV-1301;
 - e-mail: info [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv;
 - visiting Information centre.

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Data collection

Survey method and data source

Data source for the number of livestock (till the end of 2007) is sample survey. Since the end of 2008, data source for the number of cattle, sheep, goats and horses is information available in the Agricultural Data Centre Animal Register. Statistical data source for the number of pigs is sample survey based on the CSB questionnaire 3-ls “Livestock” and 21-ls “Report on production and sale of agricultural products”.

Target population

Economically active agricultural holdings.

Sample size

Sample has been formed as stratified simple random sample. Holdings are stratified basing on their location (NUTS3), type of farming and economic size.

Year Sample size
2016 3 452
2015 4 076
2014 3 897
2013 3 744
2012 5 188
2011 5 166
2010 5 173
2009 5 137
2008 5 982

Statistical processing

Calculation methods

By extrapolating the data on the surveyed holdings to all private holdings, the fact how many similar holdings are represented by the holdings in the sample was taken into account, as was the actual response rate in each of the survey territories.

Data revision

Data published are final and are not revised.


Comparability over time

Data are comparable since 1938.

International comparability


The Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) on its homepage publishes information on agriculture in the EU and on every country separately. This information can be found in the section: Statistics / Agriculture and fisheries/ Agriculture.

Food and Agriculture Organisation

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations publishes on its website ''the agricultural production domain'', which includes data on number of livestock and livestock production.


Confidentiality of the information provided by respondents is protected by the Section 17 of the Statistics Law stipulating rights and obligations of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia and other state authorities producing official statistics. Read more

Contact person on methodology

Name Surname Phone number Position Email
Anita Raubena 67366977 departamenta direktora vietnieks

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Milk purchase, average purchase price and quality of purchased milk, meat produced in slaughter houses

Explanation of symbols


Magnitude zero


Less than half of the unit employed


Data not available or too uncertain for presentation


Figure not applicable because column heading and stub line make entry impossible, absurd or meaningless


Data not released for confidentiality reasons

If data are absolute numbers


Magnitude zero