Livestock raising historically was part of a nomadic or pastoral form of material culture.
The enclosure of livestock in pastures and barns is a relatively new development in the history of agriculture.
The IRS lists as "alternative livestock" a wide range of animals being marketed for pets, show, or sports purposes, many of which are not mammals, including parrots and alligators (IRS).
Livestock diseases compromise animal welfare, reduce productivity, and in rare cases can infect humans.
Maned wolves, cougars, jaguars, and spectacled bears are blamed for livestock deaths.
Organizations like 4-H, Block & Bridle, and FFA encourage young people to raise livestock for show purposes.
Working dogs such as border collies and other sheep dogs and cattle dogs may be used for mustering livestock, as are cowboys, stockmen, and jackaroos on horses, or with vehicles, and also by helicopters.
Livestock are defined, in part, by their end purpose as the production of food or fiber, or labor.
Livestock, especially cattle, may be branded to indicate ownership and age, but in modern farming identification is more likely to be indicated by means of ear tags than branding.
The raising of livestock has environmental impacts in terms of land degradation and erosion, pollution, and change of biodiversity.
Stock shows and fairs are events where people bring their best livestock to compete with one another.
Over time, the collective behavior, life cycle, and physiology of livestock have changed radically.
The following are some of the more well-known animals considered to be livestock.
Animal rights groups usually seek the abolition of livestock farming, although some groups may recognize the necessity of achieving more stringent regulation first.
Livestock is responsible for 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalents.
Animal welfare groups generally seek to generate public discussion on livestock rearing practices and secure greater regulation and scrutiny of livestock industry practices.
Local and regional livestock auctions and commodity markets facilitate trade in livestock.
The ability to raise livestock has enabled the development of human societies and cultures, fostered commerce and international trade, and provided a steady source of food, labor, and other products for people.
The report recommends an immediate halving of the world's livestock numbers, in order to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.
The term "livestock" is nebulous and may be defined narrowly or broadly.
Other livestock are farmed outside, although the size of enclosure and level of supervision may vary.
Livestock farmers had suffered in the hands of wild animals and rustlers.
The issue of rearing livestock for human benefit raises the issue of the relationship between humans and animals, in terms of the status of animals and obligations of people.