Livestock are domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce labour and commodities such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather and wool. The term is sometimes used to refer to those that are bred only for consumption, while other times it refers only to farmed ruminants such as cattle, goat and sheep.
Livestock farming on the other hand is the rearing of animals for food and other human uses, such as producing leather, wool and even fertiliser. This type of farming primarily applies to cattle or dairy cows, chicken, goat, pigs, sheep, pigs, and horses, but it is also increasingly relevant for other animals such as donkey, mules and rabbits.
Livestock farming has been part of human society for most of history, ever since humans started domesticating animals to make their life better. But as with most forms of farming, such as agriculture, livestock farming too has intensified, particularly in recent decades. This has made the goods of livestock farming to become more widely available chapter and easy to buy
In recent years, some organizations have also raised livestock to promote the survival of rare breeds. The breeding, maintenance and slaughter of these animals are also known as Animal husbandry. It is a component of modern agriculture that has been practiced in many cultures since humanity’s transition to farming from hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
Livestock has the following as advantages/benefits to the livestock owners:
Animals are raised for consumption and so they serve as food. They are also to supplement the protein needs of their owners and the general public. Animals provide proteins to humans in their meat.
Animals do not provide only food. They provide other non-food products to people and industry. The usefulness of livestock cannot be downplayed. Some of the things they provide are fibres , feather, hides ,skin, horn, bones, manure etc.
Livestock owners get income by selling their livestock. Most livestock owners raise them for this purpose. They raise the animals to sell at a later date when they are well grown to fetch them much money. Animartt.com by Anitrack Ltd is an online marketplace that can help connect livestock sellers and buyers to transact.
Livestock serves as savings to the owners. Owners of livestock fall on their livestock whenever they are in need of cash. Emergency financial cases are always resolved by selling of livestock. Livestock are also kept as a source of wealth in storage.
Some animals are used for transportation and as a result, some people raise livestock for such purposes. Animals such as horses and donkeys are used for transportation and for other related purposes.
Social value (prestige)
In Africa, livestock owners have greater social value as the number of herds influences the respect they command in the society. Livestock is seen as wealth and wealthy people command much respect and have value as well.
Livestock owners put people in employment by providing job to the herdsmen that take care of the animals.This also help them to take care of their family.
Livestock production over the years has proven to be a viable business with so many advantages and benefits to the owners. Many people have now come to realise the immense benefits in owning livestock.
Anitrack Ltd in the Ghanaian livestock market has come to make livestock production much easier to livestock owners by reducing the physical stress of identifying livestock at scale, monitoring the health status of livestock and tracking their movement and reporting directly to livestock owners no matter how far they are from the livestock.
Also, Animartt.com by Anitrack is a marketplace introduced by Anitrack Ltd to connect livestock buyers/sellers to transact business. Livestock owners list their animals on the platform for potential buyers to view and make their order.