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.
Aquaculture is the production of aquatic animals and plants under controlled conditions for all or parts of their lifecycles. According to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service 2018 Census of Aquaculture, the total sales of U.S. aquaculture products was about $1.5 billion.
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.