Dutch cows are so famous for their milk production, they are even exported themselves.

Traditionally, the breeds in the Netherlands were the Friesian Hollands; the Maas, Rijn and Ijssel; and the Groningen. Nowadays, Holstein Friesian is the dominant breed, accounting for more than 90 percent of Dutch cattle. The central breeding organization in the Netherlands is CR-Delta, which is a cooperative of 30,000 members.

The Netherlands is one of the biggest exporters of breeding heifers and semen in the world. While the Dutch cattle industry focuses on producing milk, it also supplies high-quality meat. Some three-quarters of Dutch-produced meat is destined for countries outside the Netherlands. A portion of the meat production originates from specialty cattle farms, but most of it comes from dairy cows.