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

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Tue Aug 20 02:21:45 UTC 2019

Re: animal:goat=yes and animal:sheep=yes vs animal/livestock=goat;sheep

I think this is a situation where it's ok to use semi-colon separated
values, since otherwise we would have quite a long list of keys (there
are 838 values for animal=* currently, and at least several hundred of
those are specific animal names). Since this is a property tag, rather
than a tag that specifies a particular feature, it's okay to use a

Also, animal:de, animal:fr and 6 other language codes have already
been used in this namespace, so it would be difficult for an editor to
offer a proper list of animal names by just looking for all keys in
the format "animal:<type_of_animal>=*".

While there are a large number of animals kept in captivity, livestock
in particular prefers to land animals that have value to agriculture,
mainly for meat (or milk) production, though also including draft
animals like horses, donkeys, oxen and water buffalo; the idea is that
"livestock" is a farmer's valuable property which consists of live
animals, as opposed to animal products or land, so it usually excludes
pets which do not have economic value, and animals hunted but not
owned. This makes the possible list much shorter (maybe 100 types of
livestock total?), helpful for mappers to find in a preset or

Since aquaculture has it's own tag, I think zoos can keep animal=* for
the whole list of possible captive animals, and livestock=* could
focus on the smaller list of those found in pastures, paddocks, barns
and farmyards.

On 8/20/19, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Aug 2019 at 10:47, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Separating animals into categories of 'exotic', 'livestock', 'native',
>> 'working, 'feral' and 'pet' .. this would be area dependant.
> & you could have the same animal fitting into different categories at the
> same place, at the same time.
> eg in Northern Australia, water buffalo are in introduced species that have
> now become feral, & are classified as a pest ("exotic"; "feral"). However,
> they are rounded up / harvested for meat, usually for pet food
> ("livestock"?); while hunters can pay to go on guided hunts to shoot them
> ("?")
> Kangaroos in many areas of the world would be 'exotic' in some others
>> 'native', yet to see 'livestock' but there is hope.
> To a professional roo shooter? Yes, could be "livestock"?
> Thanks
> Graeme

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