News: According to the 20th Livestock Census, the number of stray cattle in the country has marginally come down to 50.22 lakh in 2019 from 51.88 lakh in 2012.
20th Livestock Census: Key Takeaways:
- Total Livestock population: 535.78 million
- Total Bovine population (Cattle, Buffalo, Mithun and Yak): 302.79 Million
- Total poultry: 851.81 million
About Livestock Census
- Conducted Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
- Conducted quinquennially (every five years) since 1919-20
- Covers all domesticated animals and its headcounts