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Total number of cattle owned

This is a 5-digit variable that represents a number of cattle owned, except for the following codes:

99990 = Logical edit
99996 = Not interviewed (household questionnaire)
99997 = Don't know
99998 = No response
99999 = NIU (not in universe)


CATTLENUM reports the total number of cattle owned by the household.

Users should be careful to distinguish this variable from CATTLEHOME (the number of cattle on the homestead, which may or may not be owned by the household).

Respondents were asked to report what assets the household owned in order to calculate a wealth index based on assets. This information can be found in the variables SCORE, WEALTHQ, and WEALTHT.

Enumerators were instructed to code "Don't know" or "No response" cases as -88 and -99, respectively. However, in some samples, a select number of enumerators recorded an unexpectedly high number of 88 and 99 values for livestock variables. We believe the majority of these cases were intended to represent "don't know" and "no responses" instead of indicating a number of livestock. IPUMS has recoded these cases to "Logical edit - missing".

The question associated with this variable was included in the household questionnaire.


There are no comparability problems.

Comparability with IPUMS-DHS

CATTLENUM in IPUMS-PMA is similar to the variable CATTLENUM in IPUMS-DHS. Universe differences between the two variables and variations in the specific type of cattle referred to may affect comparability; please see the Survey Text and Universe Tab of the IPUMS-DHS variable for more information.


  • Persons in households that own livestock.


  • Ghana: 2014-2017