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59 Examples of Farmyard Animals (A to Z List +Pictures)

Examples of Farmyard Animals

Examples of farmyard animals are ducks, geese, alpaca, donkeys, and cattle.

Farmyard animals are some of the most beloved creatures on the planet. They are gentle, loving, and often provide us with hours of enjoyment.

In this blog post, we will explore some examples of farmyard animals and discuss why they are so popular. We will also take a look at some interesting facts about these animals.

Top Text Or Die Answer to “Name a Farmyard Animal”: Scroll down to ‘G’ for the answer.

Examples of Farmyard Animals

1. Alpacas

Scientific NameVicugna pacos
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth America

Alpacas were domesticated about 6,000 years ago in Peru and were bred for fiber to be used in sweaters , hats, mitts, socks, and blankets. They are found in the Andes Mountains of South America and come in a variety of colors, including white, black, and brown. Alpacas are close relatives to llamas. However, they are smaller, and bred for wool fiber rather than as beasts of burden.

Related Article: Do Alpaca Have Cloven Hooves?

2. Bees

Scientific NameAnthophila
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeWorld wide

The act of farming bees is called beekeeping. Beekeeping has been taking place for over 10,000 years and originated in Spain. Bees are farmed for products like honey, beeswax, nectar, jelly, and even bread. Many farmers also keep honeybee hives to help pollinate their crops, but this needs to be done with care to make sure they don’t displace native bee populations.

3. Bison

bison eating grass
Scientific NameBison
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America

Bison are large animals that can weigh up to 2000 pounds. Bison are found in the Great Plains of North America and come in a variety of colors, including white, black, brown, and red. They were originally used for their meat but are now mainly kept for their wool. In Canada, there are about 120,000 head of bison currently in farms.

Related Article: Do Bison Have Curly Hairs?

4. Butterflies

Scientific NameRhopalocera
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeWorld wide

Butterfly farming is a niche type of farming that you wouldn’t find on your regular family farm. Butterflies are bred exclusively to sell butterflies as pets or for exhibits in zoos and museums. The industry is incredibly sustainable because one butterfly can lay up to 400 eggs in her lifetime, meaning the captive butterfly population is usually very stable.

Related Article: 11 Butterfly Adaptations

5. Camels

Dromedary Camel
Scientific NameCamelus bactrianus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCentral Asia

The Domestic Camel is a two-humped camel that is found in the Gobi Desert and other parts of Asia. They are used for transportation and as pack animals and can weigh up to 1000 pounds. Like cows, camels can be farmed for a wide range of purposes including meat, hide, wool, and fur.

6. Cattle

milking a cow
Scientific NameBos
Type of AnimalMammal

Cattle are one of the most widely-farmed creatures in the world. They produce products including steak, burger beef, dairy milk, cheese, and cowhide leather. You can find cattle products in many meals (beef), as well as your clothing (such as your belt and leather shoes).

They are a domesticated species whose wild ancestor, the auroch, is now extinct. However, there are some wild cattle that roam in the hills of Hawaii.

Most farmers these days specialize in dairy farming (getting cow milk to make products such as milk, butter, and cheese) or beef farming.

7. Chickens

Battery egg farm
Scientific NameGallus gallus domesticus
Type of AnimalBird
RangeWorld wide

Chickens are some of the most popular farmyard animals. They are found all over the world and come in a variety of colors, including white, black, and brown. Chickens continue to be used for their eggs and meat, but they are also kept as pets in small hobby farms because they’re so easy to care for. There is controversy over whether battery farm chickens (caged) should be outlawed due to animal welfare concerns.

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8. Cochineal

Scientific NameDactylopius coccus
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeMexico and Peru

A cochineal is a small, red insect that is found on cacti in the Americas. Cochineal extract is used to produce a dye called carmine, which is used to color food, cosmetics, and clothing. Cochineal is also the second most traded natural product in the world after crude oil.

9. Common Pheasant

Scientific NamePhasianus colchicus
Type of AnimalBird
RangeChina and East Asia

The common pheasant is a bird that is typically brown with a white underbelly and black markings on its face and tail. The common pheasant was originally native to Asia but has become naturalized across Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Pheasants are bred for food, especially pet food, as well as their feathers. The largest pheasant farm in North America keeps 500,000 head of pheasant at any one time.

10. Crickets

Scientific NameGrylloidea
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeWorld wide

Crickets are small, brown insects that can be found all over the world. They are known for their chirping noise, which is used to attract mates. Crickets are farmed as food for reptiles such as pet lizards as well as spiders and tarantulas. Captive farmed crickets tend to have less diseases than wild crickets, which makes them safer to feed to pets. Crickets are also a meal for humans in parts of the world such as several countries in Africa.

11. Deer

Fawn with mother
Scientific NameCervidae
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeWorld wide

Deer are farmed for their meat which is called venison. They were first farmed in New Zealand, despite the fact deer are not native to New Zealand. To this day, New Zealand has the most advanced deer farming industry, although they’re now farmed worldwide.

12. Donkeys

Scientific NameEquus asinus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth Africa and Egypt

Donkeys are a popular farmyard animal. They are also known as “ass.” These animals have long ears and large hooves. They were originally used to carry loads of goods throughout the desert and for turning windmills, meaning they were a best of burden. They are still bred for these purposes in the third world, but in the first world, they are generally bred as pets.

13. Ducks

Scientific NameAnas platyrhynchos domesticus
Type of AnimalBird
RangeSoutheast Asia 

Ducks are popular farmyard animals and make great pets. They can be found all over the world and come in a variety of colors, including white, black, and brown. Ducks are omnivorous and eat both plants and animals. Ducks are bred for food, especially in Asia, but also their feathers. The soft feathers on the underbelly of a duck go into down pillows and jackets.

Related Article: 7 Foods Not to Feed Ducks

15. Elands

Scientific NameTaurotragus oryx
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeWorld Wide

Elands are the largest antelopes in the world. They can weigh up to 900 pounds and stand six feet tall at the shoulder. Elands are found in Africa and come in two varieties: bush eland and cape eland. Farmers from Southern Africa have switched from farming cows to Elands because Elands cope better in the African climate.

16. Elk

Olympic Elk
Scientific NameCervus canadensis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America and Eastern Asia

Elk are a large type of deer that live in the woods. They have antlers and hooves like other deer species, but their bodies are much larger than those of most other animals. They’re bred for three main purposes: Elk meat (venison), the velvet from their antlers, and the sale of the antlers which are then used to produce furniture and decorations.

17. Emus

Scientific NameDromaius novaehollandiae
Type of AnimalBird

The emu is a large, flightless bird that is found in Australia. Emus can weigh up to 82 pounds and stand over six feet tall. They are omnivorous and eat both plants and animals. Emus are farmed for their meat, feathers, and even oil.

18. Gayals

Scientific NameBos frontalis
Type of AnimalMammal

Gayals are a type of wild cattle that are found in India and Bangladesh. They are very gentle animals and are often kept as pets. Gayals are sometimes used for transportation, and they can also be milked and slaughtered for meat.

19. Geese

Three brown geese
Scientific NameAnser anser
Type of AnimalBird
RangeEurope, northern Africa, and western Asia

Domestic geese are large birds related to ducks and swans. They were first domesticated by the Egyptians more than two thousand years ago, and they have been kept as farmyard animals ever since. You can eat goose meat and eggs, but they are also mass-produced for their feathers, what we today call down.

20. Guinea Fowl

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Guinea Fowl
Scientific NameNumida meleagris f. domestica
Type of AnimalBird

Domestic Guinea fowl are a popular pet in many countries. They are known for their distinct call, which sounds like “buck-wheat”. Domestic Guinea fowl can be found in a variety of colors, including white, black, and brown. They are usually kept as pets because they are able to eat ticks and other pests, and therefore help keep pests away from the farm.

21. Goats

goat eating grass
Scientific NameCapra aegagrus hircus
Type of AnimalMammal

Goats are perhaps one of the most versatile animals on the farm. They can be used for milk, meat, or fiber. Goats are also incredibly intelligent and can be trained to do a variety of tasks. For example, some goats have been known to open gates and even climb trees. You can buy goat milk, cheese, and yogurt in most large supermarkets.

23. Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pig
Scientific NameCavia porcellus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouth America

Guinea pigs are small rodents that live in burrows. They have short, soft fur and large ears. Guinea pigs make great pets because they’re friendly and docile.

There are many different types of guinea pig breeds, including the cuy (pronounced “coo-ee”), which has a curly coat; the Teddy Bear, which has short hair and long ears; and the Abyssinian, which is the most common type.

Guinea pigs are usually farmed to be sold as pets, but in Peru, they’re also farmed as meat for traditional dishes.

25. Horses

Curly Horse
Scientific NameEquus caballus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America

Horses are some of the most popular animals on the planet. They have been used for transportation, farming, and war for centuries. Horses come in a variety of colors and sizes and can be found all over the world. There are many different breeds of horses, each with its own unique characteristics.

Today, horses are still kept on farms for ranching but also to be sold to horse riders and used as attractions for visitors to the farms.

26. Indian Peafowl

Indian Peafowl
Scientific NamePavo cristatus
Type of AnimalBird

Indian Peafowls are gentle creatures that are found in the Indian subcontinent and come in a variety of colors, including white, black, and brown. Indian Peafowls were originally used for their meat, but they are now mainly raised to be sold as pets.

22. Kudu

Scientific NameTragelaphus strepsiceros
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangeeastern and southern Africa

Greater kudus are native to sub-Saharan Africa. They have dark brown coats with white markings on their backs and sides. Greater kudus stand up to six feet tall at the shoulders and weigh between 200 and 300 pounds.

These animals are used for meat, but they are also kept as pets by children in some areas.

27. Lac Insects

Scientific NameKerriidae
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeSouth Asian 

Lac insects are small bugs that live in the tree bark of lac trees. These tiny creatures produce a type of resin which is then turned into shellac by human beings. Shellac is used to make many types of household items such as paint and varnish remover, furniture polish, hair spray bottles, and other products.

29. Pigs

Three pigs in a field eating lettuce
Scientific NameSus scrofa domesticus
Type of AnimalMammal

Pigs are extremely widely-farmed animals. They’re raised primarily for their meat, including bacon and ham. There is a lot of controversy surrounding pig farming because they are very intelligent and social creatures. Keeping them in captivity on farms, without social interaction with peers, is often seen as cruel.

30. Rabbits

European Rabbit
Scientific NameOryctolagus cuniculus domesticus
Type of AnimalMammal

Rabbits are one of the most popular pet animals in the world. Domestic rabbits come in a variety of colors, including white, black, and brown. Rabbits were originally used for their meat, but they are now mainly bred to be sold as pets.

31. Salmon

Chinook Salmon

Salmon are more and more farmed rather than fished from the wild in order to protect wild populations. Wild salmon populations are incredibly important for the world’s ecosystem and, therefore, we do not want to diminish native populations. Salmon farming is popular in the United States, Canada, Scotland, and Scandanavia.

32. Sheep

sheep eating grass
Scientific NameOvis aries
Type of AnimalMammal

Sheep are widely farmed for their meat and wool. Sheep’s wool is used in products such as sweaters and blankets. When farmed for meat, they’re usually slaughtered while young and their meat is sold in shops as lamb shanks. Like cows, sheep were one of the first animals to be domesticated, although there are a few wild sheep species still roaming in remote mountainous areas where they can avoid predation.

33. Turkeys

wild turkey
Scientific NameMeleagris gallopavo f. domestica
Type of AnimalBird
Rangecentral Mexico

The domestic turkey is a farmed animal that is native to North America. It was domesticated by the Aztecs for food purposes and later introduced into Europe during the Age of Discovery. The domestic turkey has become one of the most widely consumed meats in modern times, with an estimated 40 million birds being consumed annually worldwide. There is a spike in turkey consumption around Thanksgiving each year.

Related Article: 10 Foods Not to Feed Turkeys

More Examples Of Farm Animals

  • Llama
  • Moose
  • Mule
  • Muskox
  • Mute Swan
  • Muscovy Ducks
  • Ostrich
  • Partridge
  • Dromedary Camels
  • Pigeons
  • Tuna
  • Cod
  • Cat
  • Trout
  • Halibut
  • Dogs
  • Golden Pheasants
  • Quail
  • Reindeer
  • Egyptian Geese
  • Grey Francolin
  • Silkworms
  • Edible-Nest Swiftlet
  • Small-Billed Tinamou
  • Water Buffaloes
  • Waxworms
  • Yak
  • Dromedary Camels
  • Zebu
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