[Tagging] Livestock=* to specify the livestock animals in a farmyard or meadow?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 10:17:22 UTC 2019

What is the best tag to specify the livestock animals in a farmyard or meadow?

I checked, and currently a number of farmyards are tagged with
farmyard=*, but most values describe the feature, like
farmyard=feedlot. Landuse=meadow can be tagged with meadow=pasture or
=paddock, but again this does not specify the type of animal in the

Some mappers have used animal=* or livestock=* with landuse=farmyard
and landuse=meadow.

The tag animal=* has been 2137 times - but most of the values are
animal=yes (unhelpful!), leaving slightly under 200 uses of animal
types like chicken, cow, cattle, goat, sheep, horse and pig.

Unfortunately, the key animal=* has also been used for zoo animals
(see elephant, etc) and some of the values are rare, proposed separate
features like animal=wellness and animal=cemetery.

The tag livestock=* is more specific for farming - livestock are
domestic, agricultural animals, and livestock=* has been used 132
times with landuse=farmyard or =meadow, mostly with values cattle,
poultry, horse, pig, and chicken.

There's also the key produce=, which has been used about 190 times
with the two features, however most values used on these features are
products like meat=, eggs=, milk= and dairy= - only 61 features have
an animal name like goat= or hen= (chicken?), so it appears that most
mappers do not use this tag to specify types of animals raised on
farmland or meadows.

So it looks like livestock=* is probably the best option.

I'm asking about these landuse=meadow and landuse=farmyard in
particular, because the other agricultural features already have a way
to specify the plant or animal that is grown or raised:
* landuse=orchard (that is, the plants or trees in the orchard or
plantation), trees=* is used (also includes shurbs like tea and tall
plants like bananas).
* landuse=aquaculture area, aquaculture=* is used (eg =shrimp, fish, mussels)
* landuse=farmland, crop=* is usually used.

- Joseph

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