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Genetic Improvement Of Cattle And Sheep

Author : Geoff Simm
ISBN : 0851996426
Genre : Nature
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Humans started domesticating farm livestock over 10,000 years ago. For much of this time, livestock have been changed genetically by subjective means. In the past 50 years, the application of scientific methods to animal breeding has led to major improvements in the output, cost and quality of animal products in the last few decades. This book describes the principles of genetic improvement of farm livestock and the practical application of these principles to dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep breeding. Originally published in 1998 by Farming Press.

Molecular And Quantitative Animal Genetics

Author : Hasan Khatib
ISBN : 9781118677407
Genre : Science
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"Animal genetics is a central topic in upper-level animal science programs. Filling a void in existing literature on animal science, Animal Genetics introduces genetic principles and presents their application in production and companion animals. The book details population and quantitative genetics, epigenetics, biotechnology, and breeding among other topics. Useful in upper-level studies, Animal Genetics is an irreplaceable educational resource"--Provided by publisher.

Management And Welfare Of Farm Animals

Author : John Webster
ISBN : 9781118279403
Genre : Medical
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Through successive editions, Management and Welfare of Farm Animals has gained international recognition as a classic introductory textbook for students of agriculture and veterinary science. Conceived by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), the book has always sought to promote the humane treatment of livestock within the practical business context of modern farming. Now fully revised and updated, this fifth edition remains the most comprehensive and accessible guide available. Three animal groups appear here for the first time (game birds, South American camelids, and ostriches), and a chapter on horses has also been restored. Throughout, the book offers clear advice for the humane management of all major farmed species in the primary context of large-scale food production. However, this edition also takes full account of consumer demand (and legal requirements) for alternative farming methods and enhanced welfare standards, whether in conventional agriculture or the smallest of ‘hobby' farms. Brand new chapters reflect fresh understanding of welfare science, ethics, and the role of society in ensuring the best possible farm conditions. It remains an indispensable resource for students, and for all those seeking to promote animal welfare. Published as a part of the prestigious Wiley-Blackwell – UFAW Animal Welfare series. UFAW, founded 1926, is an internationally recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. For full details of all titles available in the UFAW series, please visit

Statistics For Veterinary And Animal Science

Author : Aviva Petrie
ISBN : 9781118567401
Genre : Medical
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Banish your fears of statistical analysis using this clearly written and highly successful textbook. Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science Third Edition is an introductory text which assumes no previous knowledge of statistics. It starts with very basic methodology and builds on it to encompass some of the more advanced techniques that are currently used. This book will enable you to handle numerical data and critically appraise the veterinary and animal science literature. Written in a non-mathematical way, the emphasis is on understanding the underlying concepts and correctly interpreting computer output, and not on working through mathematical formulae. Key features: Flow charts are provided to enable you to choose the correct statistical analyses in different situations Numerous real worked examples are included to help you master the procedures Two statistical packages, SPSS and Stata, are used to analyse data to familiarise you with typical computer output The data sets from the examples in the book are available as electronic files to download from the book’s companion website in ASCII, Excel, SPSS, Stata and R Workspace formats, allowing you to practice using your own software and fully get to grips with the techniques A clear indication is provided of the more advanced or obscure topics so that, if desired, you can skip them without loss of continuity. New to this edition: New chapter on reporting guidelines relevant to veterinary medicine as a ready reference for those wanting to follow best practice in planning and writing up research New chapter on critical appraisal of randomized controlled trials and observational studies in the published literature: a template is provided which is used to critically appraise two papers New chapter introducing specialist topics: ethical issues of animal investigations, spatial statistics, veterinary surveillance, and statistics in molecular and quantitative genetics Expanded glossaries of notation and terms Additional exercises and further explanations added throughout to make the book more comprehensive. Carrying out statistical procedures and interpreting the results is an integral part of veterinary and animal science. This is the only book on statistics that is specifically written for veterinary science and animal science students, researchers and practitioners.

Masterminding Nature

Author : Margaret Derry
ISBN : 9781442619319
Genre : History
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In Masterminding Nature, Margaret Derry examines the evolution of modern animal breeding from the invention of improved breeding methodologies in eighteenth-century England to the application of molecular genetics in the 1980s and 1990s. A clear and concise introduction to the science and practice of artificial selection, Derry’s book puts the history of breeding in its scientific, commercial, and social context. Masterminding Nature explains why animal breeders continued to use eighteenth-century techniques well into the twentieth century, why the chicken industry was the first to use genetics in its breeding programs, and why it was the dairy cattle industry that embraced quantitative genetics and artificial insemination in the 1970s, as well as answering many other questions. Following the story right up to the present, the book concludes with an insightful analysis of today’s complex relationships between biology, industry, and ethics.

Dairy Production And Processing

Author : John R. Campbell
ISBN : 9781478632610
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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A productive dairy industry is vital to providing safe, high-quality milk that fulfills the nutritional needs of people of all ages around the world. In order to achieve that goal, Campbell and Marshall present a timely, lucid, and comprehensive look at today’s dairy industry. Dairy Production and Processing offers not only a fundamental understanding of dairy animals, dairy products, and the production aspects of each, but also a wealth of applied information on the scope of the current milk and milk products industry. The application of basic sciences and technologies throughout the text will serve students well not only as they learn the first principles of dairy science, but also as a professional reference in their careers. Study questions can be found at the conclusion of each chapter, along with relevant and informative websites. An extensive glossary is provided to enable readers to expand their knowledge of selected terms. Topics found in this instructive and insightful text include: • an overview of the dairy industry, • dairy herd breeding and records, • the feeding and care of dairy cattle, sheep, goats, and water buffalo, • important principles of milking and milking facilities, • dairy farm management, • milk quality and safety, and • the production of milk and milk products.

Should We Aim For Genetic Improvement In Host Resistance Or Tolerance To Infectious Disease

Author : Andrea B. Doeschl-Wilson
ISBN : 2889191052
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Recent advances in quantitative genetic and genomic studies have shed light on the important role of genetic control strategies for reducing disease risk and severity in livestock populations. There are two alternative host defence strategies to infectious pathogens that could be enhanced by genetic selection: improvement of host resistance versus improvement of host tolerance to infectious pathogens. Resistance refers to mechanisms that restrict the reproduction rate of a pathogen within a host, whilst tolerance mechanisms focus on minimising the damage that a pathogen inflicts on the host. Both strategies may have a similar impact on individual host fitness and performance, but can have contrasting effects on population performance and disease risk and severity. For example, improving host resistance may result in successful eradication of a disease from a livestock population, whereas disease eradication may be difficult if hosts are tolerant as these can harbour the pathogen without showing obvious or severe symptoms. On the other hand, it has been argued that increasing host resistance would fuel the arms race between host and pathogen and stimulate pathogen evolution towards higher virulence. Increasing tolerance, in contrast, imposes no or little selection pressure on the pathogen. Further, whereas disease resistance mechanisms may be specific to a particular pathogen (e.g. development of specific antibodies), tolerance mechanisms that repair damaged tissues are associated with the host rather than the pathogen, and are thus more likely to be generic to a range of pathogens. Hence, improving tolerance may be beneficial if individuals are exposed to a variety of pathogens or pathogen strains, and disease eradication has proven difficult. In contrast to evolutionary biology and plant breeding, animal breeding has only recently started to seriously consider a distinction between disease resistance and tolerance and their consequences. However, a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms and implications of improving either or both of the host defence mechanisms on future disease risk and severity is urgently needed by animal scientists, veterinarians and breeders to make informed decisions that help to maintain healthy livestock populations and guarantee food security. The topic ‘genetic improvement of disease resistance v tolerance’ would lend itself to research papers covering a variety of aspects that need to be considered, such as ‘how to obtain genetic parameter estimates and genomic breeding values related to disease resistance / tolerance’, ‘evidence for host genetic influence of resistance or tolerance’, ‘genetic, genomic and immunological understanding of resistance / tolerance mechanisms’, ‘epidemiological consequences of improving disease resistance / tolerance’. I believe that this research topic is both timely and relevant, and that sufficient knowledge is available across disciplines for composing valuable research / review articles that stimulate interest to a wide range of readers of Frontiers, and thus promote the growth of this journal.

The Genetics Of Cattle

Author : Ruedi Fries
ISBN : 0851992587
Genre : Medical
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Preface, R. Fries and A. Ruvinsky. 1. Systematics and phylogeny of cattle, J. A. Lenstra and D. G. Bradley. 2. Genetic aspects of domestication, D. G. Bradley and E. P. Cunningham. 3. Genetics of colour variation, T. A. Olson. 4. Genetics of morphological traits and inherited disorders, F. W. Nicholas. 5. Blood groups and biochemical polymorphisms, H. C. Hines. 6. The molecular genetics of cattle, D. Vaiman. 7. Molecular genetics of molecules with immunological functions: major histocompatibility complex, immunoglobulins, T-cell receptors, cytokines and their receptors, H. A. Lewin, M. Amills and V. K. Ramiya. 8. Genetics of disease resistance, A. J. Teale. 9. Molecular biology and genetics of bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE], N. Hunter. 10. Cytogenetics and physical chromosome maps, R. Fries and P. Popescu. 11. Genetic linkage mapping, the gene maps of cattle and the lists of loci, W. Barendse and R. Fries. 12. Genetics of behaviour in cattle, D. Buchenauer. 13. Genetics and biology of reproduction in cattle, B. W. Kirkpatrick. 14. Reproductive technologies and transgenics, N. L. First, M. Mitalipova, and M. Kent First. 15. Developmental genetics, A. Ruvinsky and L. J. Spicer 16. Genetic resources and conservation, D. L. Simon. 17. Marker-assisted Selection, M. R. Dentine 18. Genetic Improvement of Dairy Cattle, M. E. Goddard and G. R. Wiggans 19. Molecular Genetics of Milk Production, W. S. Bawden and K. R. Nicholas 20. Genetic Improvement of Beef Cattle, B. P. Kinghorn and G. Simm 21. Genetics of Meat Quality, D. M. Marshall 22. Genetic Aspects of Cattle Adaptation in the Tropics, S. Newman and S. G. Coffey 23. Standardized Genetic Nomenclature for Cattle, C. H. S. Dolling 24. Breeds of Cattle, D. S. Buchanan and S. L. Dolezal.

Sustainable Goat Production In Adverse Environments Volume I

Author : João Simões
ISBN : 9783319718552
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This book explores the current trends and challenges of sustainable goat meat and milk production in different global contexts, providing valuable insights into this industry in adverse environments like mountain, semiarid and arid regions. It also includes contributions from international experts discussing goat reproduction, genetic diversity and improvement, as well topics such as animal health, welfare, socioeconomic aspects, and many other issues regarding the environmentally friendly and economically viable exploitation of goats. This is a highly informative book providing scientific insight for readers with an interest in sustainable agriculture and socio-economic aspects, as well as goat breed conservation, genetic diversity, and veterinary care. These subjects are complemented in a second volume providing a detailed description of more than 40 indigenous goat breeds and several ecotypes found in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America.

Organic Meat And Milk From Ruminants

Author : I. Kyriazakis
ISBN : 9789076998084
Genre : Medical
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