Interesting subject…most people don’t think of Maine and livestock. From an ag. point of view, though, they can’t raise much in the way of row crops, so pasture, hay, and of course trees as a crop make perfect sense. From an Extension Service site:
"There are 2,546 farms that raise livestock in Maine with over $241 million in sales. Livestock, poultry and their products account for 52% of all the agricultural sales with milk cows and other dairy products from cows accounting for 19% of sales followed by poultry including eggs (17%) and cattle and calves (3.4%) of total agriculture sales. There is a bifurcation of the livestock industry in Maine with large commercial farms on one end and small integrated and diverse farms on the other end of the scale.
"Ninety-five percent of the farms in Maine recorded sales under $250,000 level, identifying them as small farms by USDA definition. In addition to the economic value of Maine s livestock activities provide fields, pastures, and other open space that enhance residential and commercial development. Livestock agriculture offers such public benefits as providing wildlife habitat, improving water quality, nutrient recycling, flood control and carbon sinks. It also provides opportunities for hunting, recreation, and agro-tourism as well as being a major factor for maintaining the rural character of our towns."