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The Livestock Industry

Throughout the semester, the class has been fortunate enough to have multiple visitors who work in agriculture. One of these people was Mr. Dan Severson who lectured on livestock in Delaware. The class was informed of how many farms are in the state, how large they are, and the average age of a farmer. Only about two percent of the American population is involved in farming. Furthermore, the class was informed of the most eaten livestock in the country. Beef is the most eaten meat in America with a cash receipt around six million dollars per year. Pork and poultry follow closely behind with two million and ninety-two thousand dollar cash receipts.

I was interested to learn that Delaware does not only have traditional livestock such as hogs, cows, and chickens which are the state’s largest livestock cash receipts. The state is also home to honey bees, water buffalo, and emus.