Livestock farming and its benefits
Livestock Farming is defined as raising of Domesticated animals in an agricultural environment. It is also known as animal husbandry, as it involves breeding and maintenance of various animals and birds, which leads to the production of commodities like eggs, meat, milk, fur, wool etc. Since millennial years, animal farming has been pursued either as a complimentary or a supplementary activity along with agriculture. In recent times, owing to the increased demand as well as sustainable profits, many entrepreneurs have started entering into livestock farming as a primary business activity.
In India too, the focus has shifted to taking livestock farming as a serious, standalone activity by many small-scale farmers and farmers with no lands. Entrepreneurs in India, are raising various animals and birds including cows, buffaloes, goats, quails, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese etc. in various parts of the country.
Since the longest times, the focus was solely on increasing the production to benefit the growing demands. This led to widespread misuse in the rearing of animals. Producers started injecting animals with various hormones and chemicals to increase production and weight, cross-breeding and genetically modifying them. This practice not only affects the health of these animals, but consumers too. With raising awareness among consumers, the tide is shifting towards organic farming. Producers now ensure organic grazing lands and pasture, food and other supplies to ensure animals grow in their best form, organically. The government too, is awarding these efforts by Certifying such organic livestock producers.