The European Union housed in December 2021 a number of 20.22 million dairy cows which was 317000 or 3.4 percent less than one year before. Main decrease had France with 2.5 percent to a total of 3.32 million cows, followed by Germany with a decrease of 2.3 percent to a total number of 3.83 million cows. In Poland the number of dairy cows decreased 90.500 head or 4.2 percent to a total number of 2.04 million cows. On the other hand: in Ireland the number of dairy cows increased 3.4 percent to a total number of 1.51 million head. A small increase in dairy cow numbers had the Czech republic, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Austria.