How much agricultural land is used for livestock?

Livestock production is one of the key aspects of the agriculture industry, being an essential part of societies all over the world. By providing a food source as well as extra materials such as leather and wool, many farmers are continuing to invest into their livestock and more land is being consumed in the process. Having both benefits and drawbacks, here is the impact that livestock is having on the overall industry:

Degrading of land

If animals are continuously grazing without the land being properly managed, once lush grassland can become a barren area as the quality of the land is not maintained. Overgrazing, especially in dry and hot conditions, not only leads to the depletion of grass and shrubbery, but can also cause soil erosion and a loss of biodiversity. 


Especially in areas where farmland is in high demand and new areas are needed to sustain agricultural demand, land will need to be clearer in order to create space which is habitable for animals. This is contributing towards the deforestation crisis which is a factor in climate change, releasing carbon dioxide and losing natural habitats.

Sustainable improvements

Many farmers are now becoming aware of the negative impact their work is having on the environment and therefore more sustainable practices are becoming commonplace. From making changes to traditional approaches by utilizing rotational grazing and improved waste disposal, to adopting modern-day technologies such as anaerobic digestion systems which store methane from animal waste, these changes are helping to reduce environmental impacts.

Water usage

Without due care and attention, livestock in the agricultural industry has the potential to have  a negative impact on water supplies. Large quantities of animals can generate high levels of waste and pollute their local water source if not properly managed. Communities with limited water supply also face challenges from the level of water which is required to provide hydration to livestock while maintaining the growth of their forage.


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