THE FACTS ABOUT MINNESOTA'S LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY
Minnesota farmers care. They care for their animals, and at the same
time take pride in being good stewards of the environment.
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Care for Animals Farmers care for their animals, providing them with food,
shelter and water. Their animals are their livelihood and productive
animals do well when they are comfortable and well cared for. Farmers
follow regular daily routines to provide the best care possible to
Air Quality When farmers are applying for permits to build or expand
livestock facilities, they must meet strict setbacks and guidelines
to minimize nuisance odors. New technologies such as biofilters,
and methane digesters are also used in odor mitigation.
Water Quality Farmers care about water quality. They provide cool, fresh
water to their animals. Farmers are the original stewards of the
land, practicing best management techniques to ensure protection
of the environment, including precious water resources here in Minnesota.
Minnesota’s livestock industry
means jobs for Minnesota. In fact, 177,000 jobs. Enough to employ
every resident in St. Cloud, Mankato, Austin, Moorhead, Faribault
Minnesota is a major player in the US livestock
industry, producing the 8th largest number of livestock in the
country. Minnesota ranks 1st in turkey production, 3rd in hog production,
6th in dairy cattle production and 10th in the production of cattle
and calves, chickens and eggs.
Minnesota livestock consumes 20% of the total
annual corn crop and 14% of the annual soybean crop. Without the
strength of the livestock industry, Minnesota’s agricultural
production and processing industries would lose 50% of their economic
Livestock in Minnesota generates $27 billion
in total economic impacts. (Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture,