5 Unique Differences Between Intensive & Extensive Livestock Farming

Livestock Farming is the branch of agriculture concerned with animals raised for meat, fiber, milk, or other products. It includes day-to-day care, selective breeding of animals, and livestock rearing. Livestock farming involves using either the intensive or extensive method of farming. 

Intensive farming: is a method of food production, that relies on mechanization and intensification of agricultural practices. To increase the productivity of a piece of land.

Extensive farming is the one in which, 

more land is used to increase output production. The inputs, labor, machinery, investment, used are small in comparison to the land under cultivation.

Unique Differences between Intensive and extensive methods of livestock farming.

1. Intensive farming is performed in a densely populated area. While extensive farming is performed in a moderately populated area.

2. Intensive farming relies on very high input to achieve productivity and profitability. While extensive farming demands low input.

3. Intensive farming uses small and expensive farming methods. While extensive farming employs a large and inexpensive farming method. 

N.B: this is due to the area of their location.

4. Intensive farming is located in prime locations i.e near the market. Which in return reduces the cost of transportation to the market. While extensive farming is located in a remote location i.e not near to the marketplace and thereby increases the cost of transportation.

5. In intensive farming, a large number of animals can be reared in small spaces. Also, proper medication for the livestock is adopted to increase their productivity. While extensive farming can be done in the areas where there are huge farms for cultivation and are relatively less expensive.