Livestock and grazing

Livestock are generally defined as domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to create food, fiber, labor, or other products. State code elaborates; “Livestock” means cattle, swine, equines, sheep, camelidae, ratites, bison, goats, and domesticated elk. Grazing is defined as a method of feeding whereby domestic livestock consume plant material and convert it into meat, milk, and other products. The practice of raising livestock and grazing animals is considered part of agriculture.

Livestock and grazing in Utah is important for the natural, cultural, social, and economic benefits it provides. Since the mid nineteenth century, Utahns (of the then- territory) have been raising a variety of livestock including cattle, sheep, and horses, which continue to be mainstay of the State’s agricultural economy. Many “Century Farms” have been designated throughout Utah. The state considers agriculture to be a large part of its history, custom, and culture.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food oversees livestock production in the state.

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