Research Outline

Livestock Pest Control Market


To understand the size and scope of the livestock pest control market.

Early Findings

  • According to the EPA, livestock pesticide expenditures in the US rose from $1.1 billion in 2007 to $1.6 billion in 2012. If this growth remains steady, that means by 2017, expenditure was likely $2.3 billion.
  • Livestock pesticides for 2012 comprise around 0.048% of total farm expenditures in the US. However, this is for all farms types, and there is no other information on what a livestock farm usually spends on pest control.
  • According to the USDA, total farm expenditures in the US were $354 billion, or $175,169 per farm. Livestock farms specifically had $172.1 billion in expenses or around $150,108 per farm.
  • The USDA does not provide expenditures for livestock farms on pesticides. If we assume pesticides fall under "Livestock, poultry, and related expenses", then this category had $44.2 billion in expenses, or $38,554 average per farm.
  • The National Agricultural Statistics Service collects data on pesticide use for agricultural commodities but not livestock.
  • Losses due to pests on livestock is not currently reported in the US. Data for other markets appears extremely limited, and livestock loss is usually reported due to "disease", which could be pest-related or not.