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The Changing Face of US Livestock

26 January 2009

US - U.S. livestock production has shifted to much larger and more specialized farms, and the various stages of input provision, farm production, and processing are now much more tightly coordinated through formal contracts and shared ownership of assets.

According to a new report by the USDA Economic Research Service, important financial advantages have driven these structural changes, which in turn have boosted productivity growth in the livestock sector.

But structural changes can also generate environmental and health risks for society, as industrialization concentrates animals and animal wastes in localized areas.

The report relies on farm-level data to detail the nature, causes, and effects of structural changes in livestock production.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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