Farm Animals | Definition, Examples & Facts

What are Farm Animals?

Farm animals are animals raised or kept primarily for consumption, to generate income and to help with some farm operations. Another name for them is Livestock. The difference between farm animals (FA) and wild animals is that farm animals live among men while wild animals live in the wild, forest, jungle, etc.

Examples of Farm Animals

Farm animals are animals kept or raised on farms. The common ones are goat, sheep, cattle, ox, camel, buffalo, horse, donkey, mule, pig, chicken, turkey, duck, and goose. Some animals are grouped as micro-livestock and they include rabbit, cane rat, guinea pig, etc.

Also Read: Gestation Periods of Various Farm Animals

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 monogastric animals include:

  • All poultry species
  • Pigs
  • Horses
  • Donkey
  • Rabbits
  • Cane rats
  • Guinea pigs

2. Ruminants Animals

Examples of ruminants include:

  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Cattle
  • Buffalos

3. Pseudo-ruminant Animals

Examples of pseudo-ruminants include:

  • Camels
  • Alpacas

There are many reasons attributed to raising farm animals. These include:

  • Meat production
  • Milk production
  • Egg production
  • Companionship
  • Income generation

Also Read: Reasons for Keeping or Raising Animals

Always remember that all animals on farms are regarded as farm animals or livestock animals

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Akinbobola Akinwemoye

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