Farm animals contribute not only as a source of high-quality nutritional food, but are also a good source of manure, fertilizer, on-farm power, and other by-products. By having animals on farm, farmers can diversify economic possibilities and reduce risk.

Role Of Animals In Agriculture


Here are some key roles of animals in agriculture:

  1. Plowing and Transportation: Draught animals such as horses, oxen, etc. are used to pull plows to prepare fields for plantation and transport agricultural goods, equipment, and people.
  1. Fertilization: Animal waste is a good source of organic nutrients for crops, hence it is used to fertilize fields to improve soil fertility and structure.
  1. Weed Control: Goats, sheep, and cattle are often used in the field for grazing, thus they help to control weeds around the field.
  1. Pest Control: Farm animals such as ducks, chickens, geese, etc. help control pests by consuming insects and larvae.
  1. Diversification: Farmers can earn extra income through the sale of milk, meat, eggs, wool, manure and other products. Moreover, in some regions, animals are used to power small machinery, such as water pumps or milling equipment.
  1. Companionship and Protection: Animals such as farm dogs or horses, provide companionship to farmers. Dogs also help to protect crops from grazing animals that can destroy the crop stand.

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