Livestock Farming in Australia
Agriculture is an extensive field. It touches almost anything that has to do with the production of consumables. In Australia, it is an industry that runs well into billions upon billions of dollars. It is also one of the booming sectors contributing to the growth of the economy. Of these huge monies though, it is quite interesting to point out that livestock makes up over half of the entire agricultural revenue. Animals are a precious resource in Australia. They have massive impacts of the livelihoods of thousands of people who work in livestock farming.
It is not something new though. Livestock farming has always been an ancient practice in Australia. The years which have gone by have not wilted its growth. From all across the globe, meat from Australia is a resource that is highly sought after. The country is one of the largest meat producers in the world. It supplies a substantial quantity of the world’s meat. It is not only because of the meat that the sector has grown. It is also popular for the wool provided by the sheep. The wool from the sheep is known as merino. Merinos were once viewed as the best quality wool in the world at some point. Over time, the exportation of wool declined because of the clamour of animal rights activities who considered objectionable, the huge mining of sheep for their wool.
Now, it is cattle that dominate the scene. Their produce also includes dairy supplements. But this has not been spared its own share of controversy either. There is heavy investment in the cattle industry. Because the demand from within and outside the country is enormous, it is very easy to flock into it for the financial returns. This therefore creates a situation where what may look like an ordinary act of cattle breeding blossoms into something that tells heavily on the ability to replenish livestock. The issue of greenhouse emissions due to livestock operations imposes another burden on people who partake in the business.
For livestock to be reared in a safe and sustainable manner, there has to be the introduction of new technologies to assist in the management of this. Production has to keep up with trends, it hardly goes well when animals are exposed to disease strains that negatively affect numbers. The use of animal health technologies will help develop livestock that are more resilient and resistant to disease outbreaks. Farmers will also have to worry less about catastrophic losses to animals.
In addition to this, deliberate steps must be taken to mitigate the effects of livestock farming on climate change. Innovators need to be invited into the game to spur this. Not only that, appropriate volumes of investments must be channeled into research to bolster the efforts of research institutions. Livestock farming in Australia must be rethought and recreated. This will enhance better delivery of the resource to consumers. It will also facilitate strategies that can reinvent other sectors of food production too. With this, the agricultural sector diverts from norms that no longer suits current trends.
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