What are Farm Animals?
Farm animals are animals raised or kept primarily for consumption, to generate income and/or to help with some farm operations. Another name for them is Livestock. The difference between farm animals (FA) and wild animals is that FA live among men while wild animals live in the wild, forest, jungle etc.
Examples of Farm Animals
The common ones are goats, sheep, cattle, oxen, camels, buffalos, horses, donkeys, mules, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Some animals are grouped as micro-livestock and they include rabbits, cane rats, guinea pigs etc.
Classes of Farm Animals
Farm animals can be grouped based on their digestive system. These classes include monogastric, ruminant and pseudo-ruminant animals.
1. Monogastric Animals (Simple Stomach)
Examples of monogastrics include:
- All poultry species
- Cane rats
- Guinea pigs
2. Ruminants Animals
Examples of ruminants include:
3. Pseudo-ruminant Animals
Examples of pseudo-ruminants include:
There are many reasons attributed to raising farm animals. These include:
- Meat production
- Milk production
- Egg production
- Income generation
Also Read: Reasons for Keeping or Raising Animals