Genetic Improvement of Farmed Animals provides a thorough grounding in the basic sciences underpinning farmed animal breeding. Relating science to practical application, it covers all the major farmed animal species: cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, pigs and aquaculture species.
- Provides comprehensive coverage - from fundamental genetics, analysis of variation, prediction of breeding values and response to selection, through to application of modern genomics and biotechnology.
- Illustrates the practical application of theory in temperate and tropical systems.
- Outlines current practice and explores future directions, including sustainability and ethical implications, to leave readers completely up to date.
Based on the previous bestseller, Genetic Improvement of Cattle and Sheep, this book has been completely revised, expanded and redesigned to be an essential textbook for undergraduate, masters and other early postgraduate-level students in agriculture, animal and veterinary science, as well as breeders, farmers, industry technical staff, advisors and extension workers.
Autor: Geoff Simm, University of Edinburgh, UK, Geoff Pollott, Royal Veterinary College, UK, Raphael A Mrode, SRUC, UK, Ross Houston, University of Edinburgh, UK, Karen Marshall, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
Table of contents
Chapter 1: The origins and rôles of today's livestock breeds
Chapter 2: Genes, genetic codes and genetic variation
Chapter 3: Strategies for genetic improvement
Chapter 4: What affects response to selection within breeds?
Chapter 5: Tools and technologies in animal breeding
Chapter 6: Analysing genetic variation in farm animals
Chapter 7: Predicting breeding values
Chapter 8: Dairy cattle breeding
Chapter 9: Beef cattle breeding
Chapter 10: Sheep and goat breeding
Chapter 11: Poultry breeding
Chapter 12: Pig breeding
Chapter 13: Aquaculture breeding
Chapter 14: Future directions