Animal Policy & Regulatory Issues
Farmers’ sales of livestock, dairy, and poultry account for over half of U.S. agricultural cash receipts. Since 2015, cash receipts from animal products have exceeded $160 billion per year. This topic page covers issues that are relevant to different livestock commodities, such as price reporting or animal health and welfare.
Cattle & Beef
The United States has the largest fed-cattle industry in the world, and is the world's largest producer of beef, primarily high-quality, grain-fed beef for domestic and export use.
Milk is produced in all 50 States, with the major producing States in the West and North. Dairy farms, overwhelmingly family-owned and managed, are generally members of producer cooperatives.
Hogs & Pork
A striking feature of the U.S. hog industry has been the rapid shift to fewer and larger operations, associated with technological change and evolving industry structure.
Poultry & Eggs
The U.S. poultry industry is the world's largest producer and second-largest exporter of poultry meat and is a major egg producer.
Sheep, Lamb & Mutton
The U.S. sheep and wool industries have seen significant change since the mid-1970s, marked by smaller inventories, declining production, shrinking revenues, and fewer operations.