How are animals used in agriculture?

Going back centuries, animals have been a key part of agriculture for a variety of different purposes. Back when the domestication of animals began, it saw the industry boom as communities could develop their outputs and use their animals in different manners. Although modern capabilities have taken over the need for animal power in many developed countries, traditional approaches are still a necessity in many nations.

Food sources

Many nations consume a large amount of animal meat on a daily basis, using it as a source of nutrients and protein which makes up a staple part of their diet. Although this is not feasible in more underdeveloped countries, livestock can be seen as a sign of wealth in many nations as farmers strive to breed their animals. As well as producing meat, livestock produce an ongoing source of milk which can be used to create dairy products such as butter and cheese. Although this was more traditionally a very labor intensive process, modern capabilities mean machinery has taken over in a lot of nations to produce larger volumes in a more efficient manner.

Raw materials

As well as their meat and milk, animal bodies can be used for a variety of other materials which are a source of income for many farmers. Some key uses for these materials are leather, wool, hide and bones, contributing towards the textile industry and day to day living for many more isolated communities.

Transportation of goods

Although using animals for their strength is a dated approach to many, it is still used today in many nations. Using animals to transport carts loaded with goods or plough fields is still a necessity for many under-developed countries. In certain nations, animals are also used as a mode of transport for people and goods in high altitudes or poor conditions, being considered assets which signify wealth in the community.


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