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Question #5: 
Does Anyone in Currituck Raise Livestock?
Currituck did produce quite a bit of livestock at one time. In the very early days, nearly everyone had a backyard flock of chickens or a few hogs or cattle. At one time, Currituck was home to the first multi-story chicken house in North Carolina and back in the 1980's and early 1990's Currituck County had several commercial hog and cattle operations. Records for 1989 indicate that the income for hogs going to slaughter was over two million dollars and beef cattle sold to slaughter was recorded to be $59,000. As years passed, many farmers got out of the livestock business because larger companies were getting the contracts and it was getting harder for small farmers to sell their animals and make a profit.

Today, we're seeing somewhat of a revival of the small farming trends of our earliest days. Many residents have begun raising chickens and a few small livestock animals for their family's use. Currituck County still has a few farms raising beef cattle and a few hogs but nothing in comparison to the early days.
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