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Virginia is perfect for ranching. The beautiful state of Virginia has warm summers and moderately cold winters, with a wide variety of landscapes and soil types, which makes it great for any type of ranching. There are about 43,000 farms spread across 7.9 million acres and continue to be placed within the top 10 for production nationally. Agriculture is the largest industry, with 32% of the land being farmland, and 87% of those farms are family owned.
The most popular livestock to own in Virginia are broilers, cattle and calves, and turkeys. Broilers are sold to grocery stores and restaurants with an annual market of $875 million. There are about 23,000 cattle farms within the state, normally in the Piedmont and the Mountain regions. Just about 16 million turkeys are raised annually making Virginia farms the 6th highest turkey producer nationally. Agriculture is a $70 billion industry here.
Virginia is a popular state to hunt in, there is a variety of games in the state. Wild animals include white-tailed deer, black bears, bobcats, coyotes, and foxes. Through the range of terrain here in Virginia, the animals like to graze here as well. Through the Blue Ridge Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley, the land becomes hilly and rocky, and beef cattle and other animals thrive on grazing on this pastureland. It’s perfect for all.