Which Country Has the Largest Sheep Livestock?

Sheep Livestock (Total) ('000), 2014
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 164 countries in 2014, China ranked the highest in sheep livestock with 179,422 '000 followed by India and Australia. On the other end of the scale was Hong Kong with 0.019 '000, Jamaica with 1.48 '000 and Costa Rica with 2.80 '000.

Total sheep livestock reached 1,147,375 '000 in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 2.22 % less than in the previous year and 6.89 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total sheep livestock reached an all time high of 1,207,952 '000 in 1990 and an all time low of 994,269 '000 in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 0.271 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 15.6 % of sheep livestock in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 28.4 % share while the ten largest countries some 48.3 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Sheep Livestock (Total) indicator page.

Sheep Livestock (Total) Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Algeria '000 19,946 21,405 22,869 23,989 25,194
Australia '000 79,938 72,740 68,085 73,099 74,722
China '000 169,836 169,987 176,900 178,100 183,265
Ethiopia '000 26,117 25,980 25,509 24,221 25,489
India '000 72,360 73,172 73,991 74,500 75,000
Iran '000 49,976 50,000 49,500 50,000 50,215
Kenya '000 17,136 17,130 17,562 17,822 18,171
Morocco '000 17,078 17,006 18,023 18,737 19,006
New Zealand '000 34,088 32,384 32,563 31,132 31,263
Nigeria '000 33,874 34,687 37,423 38,000 38,500
Pakistan '000 27,111 27,432 27,757 28,086 28,400
Russia '000 19,290 19,602 19,850 19,761 20,767
South Africa '000 25,094 24,989 24,501 24,303 24,391
Turkey '000 25,462 23,975 21,795 23,090 25,032
United Kingdom '000 33,131 31,445 31,084 31,634 32,215