Farm animals are animals that are domesticated for agricultural purposes. Raised for a variety of purposes serving human demands, farm animals are commonly used for commodities such as meat, leather, wool, and the production of milk, eggs, and other natural products. Keeping livestock has been a human activity across the world since humans transitioned to farming from hunter-gatherer lifestyles. Farm animals can be differentiated by dairy animals, poultry animals, and transportation animals.
Farm animals generally eat the hay and corn that is typically grown on the farm they live in. Farm animals also eat protein that is mainly made up of soy. Farm Animals may at times also be given animal feed which consists of two types – fodder and forage.
Farm animals that can be pastured together include chickens, goats, cattle, and pigs. Pasturing animals together is only possible when enough land and time are available and dedicated to the process. Although it is possible to pasture animals together most modern family systems are based on monoculture.
The term ‘free range’ in livestock means that the livestock was given the space to range freely outdoors. The advantages of ‘free range’ for livestock include them having enough space for being outdoors and not being confined to indoor or tight spaces for prolonged periods of time.