Sustainable Animal Agriculture

Edited by Ermias Kebreab
March 2014
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  • Published
    14th March 2014
  • ISBN 9781780640426
  • Language English
  • Pages 336 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

In order to meet increasing global demand for meat and animal by-products, increasingly intensive animal production is necessary. Creating a sustainable system in animal agriculture that works in different production environments is a major challenge for animal scientists. This book draws together themes on sustainability that have emerged as the most pressing in recent years, addressing practical topics such as air quality, manure management, animal feeds, production efficiency, environmental sustainability, biotechnology issues, animal welfare concerns, societal impacts and an analysis of the data used to assess the economic sustainability of farms.


1. Sustainability: A Wicked Problem
2. Production Efficiency of Ruminants: Feed, Nitrogen and Methane
3. Production Efficiency of Monogastric Animals
4. Animal Welfare: An Integral Component of Sustainability
5. Genetics and Sustainable Animal Agriculture
6. Minimizing Environmental Impacts of Livestock Production Using Diet Optimization Models
7. Sustainable Manure Management
8. Water-related issues in sustainability: Nitrogen and phosphorus management
9. Air quality issues in sustainability: Greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds
10. Integration of Air and Water Quality Issues
11. The Environmental Sustainability of Food Production
12. Economic Sustainability in Animal Agriculture
13. Achieving Social Sustainability in Animal Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities to Reconcile Multiple Sustainability Goals
14. Life-cycle Assessment in Ruminant Production
15. Quantitative Measurements of Ammonia and Methane Loss from Livestock
16. Manipulation of Microbial Ecology for Sustainable Animal Production
17. Emerging contaminants in livestock manure: Hormones, antibiotics, and antibiotic resistance genes
18. Animal Agriculture: How Can It Be Sustainable in the Future?

Ermias Kebreab

Ermias Kebreab teaches at the University of California, Davis.