The purpose of these statistics is to describe the stock of cattle in Denmark. The statistics are i.e. used for forecasts of future slaughtering of cattle. The cattle stock have been estimated since 1946, but these statistics are in its current form comparable from 2008 and onwards.
These statistics are a quarterly measurement of the total number of cattle in Denmark. The number of cattle are divided into groups of bulls and steers, heifers and cows, based on information collected from administrative registers. The cattle stock is also divided by geographic province.
Information is collected from two registers: the Central Register of Livestock and the Register of Cattle. In the Central Register of Livestock every single animal is registered with an individual number, birthday and sex and so on. These data are linked with data from the Register of Cattle about whether the heifers are with calf or not. When all data are validated, they are grouped by type, age and geography.
The cattle survey is of great interest to EU, the Ministry of Environment and Food, The Danish Association of Slaughterhouses and others farmer´s organizations, but also students and interested people in general. The most important purposes of cattle surveys are to provide a basis base for forecasts of cattle for slaughter. The statistics are used in financially and environment studies.
There are no examination of the uses satisfaction, but the impression is, that most users are satisfied with the statistics.
The information that forms the basis for the statistics comes from registers where it is mandatory for all cattle to be registered. Therefore, it is assumed that the statistics provide a very accurate picture of the total legal cattle population, and that data is therefore a reliable basis for preparing forecasts and analyzes. The greatest uncertainty arise from the delays or misregistrations of the registers, as well as the quality of the data used to determine whether the heifers are in calf or not. In particular, there is uncertainty associated with when heifers that go along with a folding animal are registered in calf in the register.
The survey results are published quarterly. About 3 weeks after the survey day. The punctuality is high, with delays happening very rarely.
The survey is comparable from 2008 onwards, and there is a high degree of comparability with previous surveys. Furthermore there is high degree of comparability with other European countries, especially the EU countries.