Livestock production in the United States has moved out of the barnyard and into the factory during the second half of the 20th century. Entrepreneurs have developed specialized large-scale, mass production systems for beef cattle, dairy cattle, broilers, eggs, turkeys, and hogs. They keep beef and dairy cattle in drylots, but house poultry and hogs in distinctive purpose-built structures. They have borrowed ideas and technologies from each other, and the new production systems have developed along parallel lines. Much industrialized livestock production is vertically integrated, with a single decision-making unit controlling the entire production process. The gargantuan new operations have been highly controversial.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - May 1 1998|