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Total number of indigenous cattle owned

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

90000 = Logical edit - missing
99996 = Not interviewed (household questionnaire)
99997 = Don't know
99998 = No response
99999 = NIU (not in universe)


LOCALCATTLENUM reports the total number of local (indigenous) cattle owned by the household.

Users should be careful to distinguish this variable from LOCALCATTLEHOME (the number of local cattle on the homestead, which may or may not be owned by the household), EXOCATTLENUM (the number exotic cattle owned by the household), and CATTLENUM (the number of unspecified cattle 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 issues.


  • Persons in households that own livestock.


  • Indonesia: 2015-2016
  • Kenya: 2014-2017
  • Uganda: 2014-2018