Genetic Improvement of Farmed Animals

January 2021
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January 2021
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Comprehensive, yet concise and approachable, Genetic Improvement of Farmed Animals provides a thorough grounding in the basic sciences underpinning current farmed animal breeding practice. Relating science to practical application, it covers all the major farmed animal species: cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, pigs and fish. The book:

  • Provides a comprehensive coverage from genetics, analysis and strategies for improvement to response to selection, new technologies and predicting breeding values;
  • Uses examples in temperate and tropical systems, sustainability and biodiversity to turn theory into practical applications;
  • Outlines current practice and future directions 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 early postgraduate level students in agriculture, animal and veterinary science.

1: The origins and roles of today's livestock breeds
2: Genes, genetic codes and genetic variation
3: Strategies for genetic improvement
4: What affects response to selection within breeds?
5: Tools and technologies in animal breeding
6: Analysing genetic variation in farm animals
7: Predicting breeding values
8: Dairy cattle breeding
9: Beef cattle breeding
10: Sheep and goat breeding
11: Poultry breeding
12: Pig breeding
13: Aquaculture breeding
14: Future directions

Geoff Simm

Geoff Simm is with Scotland's Rural College, UK.  

Geoff Pollott

Geoff Pollott is with Royal Veterinary College, UK.

Raphael A. Mrode

Raphael A. Mrode is with Scotland's Rural College, UK.

Ross Houston

Ross Houston is at University of Edinburgh, UK.

Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall is with International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya.

animal breeding; biodiversity; breeding values; cattle; farmed animals; fish; genetic improvement; genetics; goats; livestock; pigs; poultry; sheep; sustainability; temperate systems; tropical systems