Cow Price in Nigeria Today (May 2024)


It isn’t surprising to find people looking for the cow price in Nigeria as this has become the usual thing when the 2024 Muslims Ileya festival is approaching. 

People seek recommendations on cow prices in Nigeria and where to get it at cheaper rates In preparation for observing the 1445 AH Eid al-Adha festival which will happen in June 2024 marking the end of Hajj 2024.

However, the cost of cows in Nigeria has increased due to the economy and insecurity issues threatening Nigeria’s economy. 

Formerly, cow prices used to be cheap but got costly during Salah (ileya) festival only because of the high market demands. 

Cow Price in Nigeria

Meanwhile, cow prices in Nigeria can also be affected by other factors such as:

  • The location of the purchase.
  • Size of the cow
  • The breed of the cow you are purchasing
  • The period of purchase. 

However, you can still get cows at cheaper rates. This is because cows brought to the Northern states are sold more affordablely than in other locations.

As such, this article will give you recommendations on the current cow prices in Nigeria and where to get them at cheaper rates. 

Breeds of Cow in Nigeria 

Before we talk about the prices of cows in Nigeria, let’s have a comprehensive list of the different breeds of cows in Nigeria. 


Muturu is one of the breeds of cows considered shortest due to its average height of 95cm. 

However, they are mainly used for farm work due to their strength and hefty bodies. 

These cow breeds are not suitable for milk production as they produce small milk daily. 

Meanwhile, the fact that they grow quickly and effortlessly is an added advantage of Muturu. 

Red Bororo/ Mbororo

The Fulani tribes in Nigeria popularly rear the Red Bororo breed.

These breeds are mainly reared for meats and are suitable for celebration purposes. 

However, they are easy to spot with their reddish-brown colors with long horns and are highly addicted to nomadic lifestyles to withstand harsh weather conditions. 

Sokoto Gudali

Sokoto Gudali cows are breeds that can produce both milk and meats. 

They have a huge appearance with stumpy horns; however, they can produce many liters of milk daily.

In addition, they have a low fertility rate and can only give birth to a calf at a time. 

Also, they have a high probability of delivering stillbirths as well as having a miscarriage.


Ndama is a cow breed that is popularly reared in the North. They have other different names like Mandingo, Malike, Boyenca, among others. 

Like the Red Bororo, Ndama is also reared mainly for meat production. 

Though it doesn’t have a huge appearance and horn, it can produce enough lean meat.

However, it can scarcely produce 2 to 3 liters of milk daily; hence, it is not suitable for milk production.

White Fulani

The White Fulani is also called Bunaji and most popular in the Northern states, but they are found in all parts of Africa; they are more common in Nigeria.

They have wide and long horns with white or light colors. 

Also, it’s highly useful for both meat production as well as milk production as it is highly nutritious and can lactate for over 200 days in a year.

However, this cow breed also is one of the strongest that can withstand harsh weather conditions and is resistant to diseases.

Cow Prices in Nigeria 

The price of cows in Nigeria depends on the season or period of the breeds. 

However, if you are buying cows for celebrating funerals, naming ceremonies, buildings, and other events, you have to consider buying cows differently from those who want to rear them. 

Meanwhile, let’s check out the average cost of Cows in Nigeria. 

SizeLive Weight Price Range
Small Baby Cow₦75,000 to ₦100,000
Medium150kg to 200kg₦150,000 to ₦250,000
Big200kg to 250kg₦250,000 to ₦350,000
Very large (Jumbo)250kg to 350kg₦350,000 to ₦500,000
Giant350kg Above₦600,000 Above

When it comes to the prices of cows in Nigeria, your bargaining and negotiating power matters will mainly determine what you take home.

Price Last Updated: November 11th, 2023

Top Markets To Get Cheaper Cow Prices in Nigeria

Here is a list of some markets in Nigeria where you can get cows at cheaper prices no matter the occasion or season. 

  • Amansea cattle market in Anambra State
  • Sheme Cattle Markets, Katsina.
  • Maitagari cattle market in Jigawa State
  • Asaba cattle market in Delta State
  • Wudil cattle market in  Kano State
  • Mini International Cattle Market, Adamawa State. 
  • Potiskum cattle market in Yobe State

And other different cattle markets in Kastina State

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Cow price in Nigeria depends on factors such as the location of purchase, breeds, size, and the purchase period. 

However, you can still get cows at affordable prices in some designated cows and cattle markets in Nigeria. 

We hope we find this report useful.

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