21 African countries with the highest cattle population

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According to Statista, the global beef industry was valued at $395.22 billion in 2021. The industry is and is expected to reach $604.34 billion by 2029. In the same vein, the global dairy industry was valued at $827.4 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $1,128 by 2026. Looking at these valuations, it’s obvious that cattle ranchers/farmers are in for a bonanza.

The enormous opportunities inherent in cattle farming have spurred our curiosity to find out which countries have the highest cattle population in Africa. We also looked at which African countries have the highest beef production volumes.

To find the answers, we relied on data made available by Statista. Interestingly, the data shows that some of the countries with the highest beef populations also produce the highest production volumes of beef. See statistics below.

11 African countries with the highest cattle population

  1. Ethiopia: 70.3 million cattle herds.
  2. Chad: 32.2 million cattle herds.
  3. Sudan: 31.8 million cattle herds
  4. Tanzania; 28.3 million cattle herds
  5. Kenya: 21.7 million cattle herds
  6. Nigeria; 20.7 million cattle herds
  7. Niger: 16.1 million cattle herds
  8. Uganda: 15.5 million cattle herds
  9. South Sudan: 13.8 million cattle herds
  10. Mali: 12.5 million cattle herds
  11. South Africa: 12.3 million cattle herds.

10 African countries with the highest beef production volumes

  1. South Africa: 1,038.7 metric tons of beef.
  2. Tanzania: 486.7 metric tons of beef.
  3. Chad: 472.9 metric tons of beef.
  4. Ethiopia: 433 metric tons of beef.
  5. Sudan: 389.4 metric tons of beef.
  6. Nigeria: 326.4 metric tons of beef.
  7. Egypt: 310.6 metric tons of beef.
  8. Morocco: 282 metric tons of beef.
  9. Kenya: 244.2 metric tons of beef.
  10. Zambia: 199 metric tons of beef.
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