Ranching

Ranching is livestock production primarily through extensive commercial grazing. The main products are beef cattle and sheep for mutton and wool. The major ranching areas are [5]:

Table 1.1. Milk and cheese production in 1992

Area

Milk Production (1,000 MT*)

Cheese Production

(MT*)

World

453,733

13,532,455

Africa

14,686

483,544

North and Central America

86,481

3,730,897

South America

34,175

3,268,500

Asia

66,792

866,180

Europe

153,392

6,846,694

Oceania

15,989

356,227

USSRa (former)

100,921

1,686,250

a Data from 1991. Compiled from [8]. * MT = metric tons.

a Data from 1991. Compiled from [8]. * MT = metric tons.

• North America, including the western United States and adjacent parts of Canada and Mexico;

• South America, including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Uruguay;

• Australia and New Zealand.

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