Agriculture in Southwestern Nova Scotia is characterized by a wide diversity of farming activities. Livestock farming ranges from small hobby farms to more specialized, larger scale producers.
A well established network of related business and infrastructure including processors, wholesalers, retailers, and contractors helps to ensure that livestock farming will continue to contribute to the economic stability of the region.
Chicken, Turkey, and Egg producers are long standing members and contribute significantly to the farming community. Over 20 million dozen eggs are produced annually in Nova Scotia.
The sheep sector continues to grow and opportunities exist from market demand for lamb and wool products.
Strong market demand and good prices continues to offer opportunities in the cattle sector. New, younger producers are getting involved in the industry which is a positive signal.
Dairy farming is long tradition in the region and innovations continue to be realized in the technology and processes used to help make modern dairy farms productive and profitable.
The hog industry is represented by both small and large scale producers and there is good industry support to help producers gain ready access to Nova Scotia tables as well as export markets.