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Farm Animals

Sujata Iyer
A list of farm animals is something every child can do with. Read this story for one that will be easy to learn and understand.
Old Mac Donald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O,
And on that farm, he had some hens, E-I-E-I-O,
With a cluck-cluck here,
And a cluck-cluck there,
Old Mac Donald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.....
A real classic when it comes to teaching your little ones what the different farm animals are, right? Well, we'll go a little ahead from what sound they make, to what the different farm animals are used for. Here's a list of the cattle that are kept on farms almost all around the world, for different purposes. Read them, and along with the sounds you can also teach your kids how they helped Old Mac Donald!
Cows: Cows are, and have always been used at farms. Though the main uses of cows are for milk and meat, they are also used for transportation in many parts of the world. Here are some of the major breeds of cows that are used for milk, and beef.
Cows Dairy Cows Meat Cows • Africander • Ayrshire • Guernsey • Jersey • Milking Shorthorn • Holstein-Friesian • Brown Swiss • Canadienne • Kerry • Milking Devon • Norwegian Red • Illawara Cattle • Australian Friesian Sahiwal
Belarus Red • Girolanda • Meuse-Rhine-Issel • Sibone de Cuba • Angus • Belmont Read • Dexter • Florida Cracker • Longhorn • Hungarian Grey • Beef Shorthorn • White Park • Salers • Nelore • Murray Grey • Red Poll • Highland • Galloway • Droughtmaster • Charolais • Boran
Goats: Goats are another important farm animal that have been reared since ages. They are used for meat and also for their milk. Here's a list of milk and meat goats, for your benefit.

Dairy Goats


  • Alpines
  • La Manchas
  • Saanens
  • Toggenburgs
  • Nubians
  • Oberhaslis
  • Beetal
  • Canary Island Goat
  • Irish Goat
  • Murciana
  • Verata
  • Orobica
  • Majorera
  • Jonica
  • Chengdu Brown
  • Poitou Sarda
  • Red Mediterranean

Meat Goats

  • Beetal
  • Black Bengal
  • Chamois Colored
  • Kalahari
  • Moxoto
  • Chigu
  • Chue
  • Spanish Goat
  • Somali Goat
  • Philippine Goat
  • Zalawadi
  • Kio Goat
  • Rove Goat
  • Verata
  • Changthangi
  • Repartida
  • Xuhai
Sheep: After goats, sheep are not left far behind. Used for milk, meat (lamb), and the most important, wool, there are different breeds for these too. Read the list given below.
  • Africana
  • Ancon
  • Bizet
  • Canadian Arcott
  • Castlemilk Moorit
  • Comeback
  • Coolalee
  • Faroes
  • Finnsheep
  • Galway
  • Hill Radnor
  • Lithuanian Black Headed
  • South African Meat Merino
  • Navajo-Churro
  • Pomeranian Coarsewool Sheep
  • Rambouillet
  • Romney Sheep
  • Royal White
  • Santa Cruz
  • Scottish Blackface
  • Valais Blacknose
Poultry: Poultry is another reason that animal husbandry is important. It involves breeding birds, for either their eggs, their meat, or their feathers. Eggs and meat are the most popular uses though. Here's a list of birds that are used for their eggs, feathers, meat, and other purposes.
  • Chicken Breeds: Eggs, Meat, Feathers
  • Rhea: Meat, Eggs, Oil
  • Turkey: Feathers, Meat
  • Emu: Meat, Feathers
  • Goose: Feathers, Meat, Eggs
  • Guineafowl: Meat, Eating Pests
  • Duck: Eggs, Meat
Others: Apart from these animals, there are others that are used for other different purposes too. Given here is a table with a list of these, with their uses.
  • Dog: Guarding, Hunting, Shepherding
  • Pig: Meat, Hyde
  • Donkey: Transport, Meat, Milk
  • Buffalo: Milk, Hyde
  • Horse: Transport
  • Honeybees: Honey
  • Rabbits: Meat, Fur
  • Common Carp: Meat
  • Gayal: Meat
  • Banteng: Meat, Milk, Muscle
  • Llama: Transport, Meat
  • Silkworms: Silk
  • Cat: Eating Mice, Meat
Those were lists of the most commonly used and domesticated farm animals. These animals are used in different parts of the world for different purposes. According to the climate, needs, and cultural beliefs, the uses of the animals may vary. But there's no denying that using these animals has made the lives of farmers much more relaxed, easier, and faster.