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Ag Growth Summit - Specialty Livestock Sector Breakout Session

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The specialty livestock industries in Kansas are relatively small, compared to more traditional livestock production in Kansas; however, the industries that do exist are successful and have benefited from increased consumer demand. Specialty livestock in Kansas is an evolving sector that typically includes bison, goats, sheep, alpaca and llamas, but is also growing to include other species. These livestock operations benefit from many of the same advantages Kansas offers traditional livestock production: abundant land and feed supplies, a strong transportation infrastructure, state support for the livestock industry, and a wealth of research and knowledge about livestock health and management within the state.

Growth within the specialty livestock industries will require input and discussion among key partners to develop a long-term growth strategy. Coordination between the specialty livestock industries will be an important component, as they work toward increased access to processing and value-added facilities. Economic development and marketing programs could assist in the enhancement of existing businesses as well as the recruitment of new businesses to expand the industry. A collaborative effort between public and private stakeholders to create a strategic growth plan is critical to the future of this agricultural sector.

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