Why is it difficult to present the same kinds of statistics about the horse
industry as there are for the other animal industries?
The federal government
does not collect and summarize information on the horse as it does for other
species, largely due to it’s replacement my petroleum-fueled engines.
Describe the magnitude of the horse industry.
Horse sales account for
approximately 0.5% of total US farm cash receipts and approximately 1% of
animal agriculture’s shares of all US farm cash receipts.
Explain what is meant when the horse industry is referred to as a “hybrid”
Not only does the horse industry contain major segments in agriculture,
but also in sports, recreation, and entertainment. Horses require the agriculture
industry to be fed, but many people own them for leisure. Horses are generally
ued for racing, showing, recreation, rodeo, polo, ranch use, police work, and
breeding, making them quite diverse.
Describe the structure of the horse industry.
Compare and contrast it with
the other animal industries discussed thus far.
Horses, unlike the other animal
industries, are found in all 50 states. Also unlike the swine, poultry, or cattle
industries, there is a large urban sector in the horse industry, in addition to the
rural one. Recreational horses, like eggs and dairy, tend to follow the human
population. Horses are also very much more companion animals than the other
livestock species, at least since the 20
century when they have no longer been
needed for work. Certainly the horse industry cannot seem integrated (like poultry
or swine) or not (like cattle) due to the total difference of this industry from the
other livestock species.
What makes the horse industry unique from the other animal industries?
horse industry is not primarily kept to provide food or fiver, or to convert
otherwise unusable material to something useful. Horses compete with food-
producing livestock for high-quality feedstuffs, and return little to no food for