Global overview

Where do hides come from?
Cattle hides are a by product of the meat and dairy industry.

What determines their availability?
Availability is dependent upon the demand for meat and dairy products.

Main cattle populations in the world

2019 Inventory (millions)
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Kenya
1.4% (20.9m)
Bangladesh
1.6% (24.19m)
Australia
1.6% (24.72m)
Columbia
1.8% (27.24m)
Tanzania
1.8% (27.82m)
Chad
2% (30.61m)
Sudan
2.1% (31.49m)
Mexico
2.3% (35.22m)
Pakistan
3.2% (47.82m)
Argentina
3.6% (54.46m)
Ethiopia
4.2% (63.28m)
China
4.2% (63.39m)
USA
6.3% (94.8m)
India
12.8%
193.46m
Brazil
14.2%
214.66m
Others
36.9%
556.91m

Main sources of hides in the world

2019 Inventory (millions)
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Russian Federation
3% (7.88m)
Mexico
3.1% (8.24m)
Australia
3.3% (8.7m)
Pakistan
3.3% (8.73m)
India
3.3% (8.79m)
Argentina
5.2% (13.92m)
Canada
10.9% (29.09m)
Brazil
12.2%
32.45m
China
15.2%
40.45m
Others
40.6%
108m

Leather production

% of total
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Australia
0.7%
Germany
1.2%
Pakistan
1.6%
Thailand
2%
Spain
2.4%
Turkey
3.4%
Mexico
3.5%
USA
4.6%
Argentina
4.7%
Korea
7.3%
Russia
9.4%
India
9.8%
Italy
10%
Brazil
12.5%
Others
26.7%

The trend in cattle population

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Share of leather by type 2019

% of total
Bovine
80%
Sheep and Goat
19%
Exotic
1%

Share of leather by product 2019

% of total
Footwear
37.8%
Leather goods
22.3%
Automotive
13.4%
Furniture
13.3%
Garments
11.4%
Other
1.8%

Trend in demand 1990-2019

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Information

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