Rapid changes are now occurring in the food system channel for livestock and livestock products. These changes (and thdr rapid pace) have created concern about the future structure of the livestock industry among both livestock producers and input suppliers. Much of the concern centers around trends toward contract production and vertical integration by large firms. A continuation of the present trends could result in both smallscale and larger independent producers, as we now know them, being elmiinated from the channel.
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