Account for the spatial distribution of Livestock Ranching around the world.

Livestock Ranching is an advanced form of pastoral activity carried on in some of the grasslands and scrubs of the conti­nents recently opened to development. This activity is based on commercial rearing of live­stock at large farms called ranches. A ranch refers to a landscape, including various structures, given primarily for ranching. Ranching is also a method used to raise less common livestock such as elk, American bison or even ostrich, emu, and alpacas.

This activity involves a large number of people who are engaged in supplying the needs of great industrial and commercial regions.  The people engaged in this activity are not nomads but have settled homes, even though they leave these for a time to supervise limited migrations of the animals.

Spatial Pattern

The word Ranching most commonly refers to livestock-raising operations in Mexico, Western United States and Canada.  Other areas include: Tropical savannas including the llanos (tropical grasslands in Venezuela) and campos (tropical grasslands in Brazil) of South America and part of the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia; Extra-tropical or temperate grasslands or semi­-deserts in the western part of North America (prai­ries), in Uruguay and Argentina (pampas) in South America, in the interior of South Africa (veldt), and in the more southerly parts of Australia (downs).


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