Livestock

Livestock at Sahornil in early October.

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Livestock is a general term used for domesticated animals raised in agricultural environment, with the intent of providing textiles, food, fertilizer, or labor to their owners. Common examples of livestock are pigs, horses, goats, cows, poultry and sheep, although numbers of other semi-wild animals such as yaks, reindeer, emus and camels could also be considered livestock. For centuries, humans have coexisted with livestock, and the rise of farming possibly contributed to a major change in human culture.

The word livestock is usually referred to as “stock,” in shorthand, contemplating the idea that the animals are additional property to living beings. Livestock raising is a very significant in people’s life of the entire world.

Purely domesticated animals such as horses and cows are different than their wild counterparts. In most cases, the wild ancestors of domesticated livestock are actually nonextant, since humans have selectively bred domesticated versions for a long time. Probably, domesticated livestock have surviving difficulty in the wild, because it is bred to be smaller and more gentle than a wild animal would be. Some semi-wild animals used as livestock, suchlike rabbits, have flourishing wild populations in addition to domestic ones.


 

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