Micro-Livestock: A Possible Future

Although animal science has traditionally emphasized bigness, the 1991 report Micro-Livestock: Little-Known Animals with a Promising Economic Future shows that smallness has many advantages. If in the future the human species will become smaller, we will benefit from most of the advantages listed below.

  • Small animals are cheaper and give faster return on investment since they generally have a high reproductive capacity.
  • Small animals are often more efficient converters of food energy.
  • Farmers can more easily change the size of their herd or flock according to market developments.
  • Breeding stock is more likely to be retained in times of scarcity.
  • Easy and more sustainable transport.
  • Efficient use of space and availability to landless inhabitants.
  • A much smaller food-related footprint.
  • Less expensive facilities and tools.
  • Easier Management.
  • Valuable by-products. Many species have by-products that are more valuable than their meat, milk, or eggs.
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