Livestock raising is the most important single sector of Belgian agriculture, accounting for over 60% of agricultural production. In 1999 there were about 3.2 million head of cattle, 7.6 million hogs, 155,000 sheep, and 22,000 horses. Belgian farmers breed some of the finest draft horses in the world, including the famous Percherons.
The country is self-sufficient in butter, milk, meat, and eggs. Some cheese is imported, mainly from the Netherlands. Milk production amounted to 3.3 million tons in 1999.