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Scientific Farm Animal Production: An Introduction to Animal Science, Tenth Edition, offers students a comprehensive, science-based approach to managing livestock for food, fiber, and recreation. This best-selling text examines the biological principles, scientific relationships, and management practices of livestock production, providing students the context and foundation upon which they can determine their academic and career focus. Updated with new figures, color photos, and current demographic data, the tenth edition is the best reference and resource available to teachers and students at the introductory level in animal sciences.
1. Animal Contribution to Human Needs
2. Overview of the Livestock and Poultry Industries
3. Red Meat Products
4. Poultry and Egg Products
5. Milk and Milk Products
6. Wool and Mohair
7. By-Products of Meat Animals
8. Market Classes and Grades of Livestock, Poultry, and Eggs
9. Visual Evaluation of Market Animals
11. Artificial Insemination, Estrous Synchronization, and Embryo Transfer
13. Genetic Change through Selection
14. Mating Systems
15. Nutrients and Their Functions
16. Digestion and Absorption of Feed
17. Providing Nutrients for Body Functions
18. Growth and Development
20. Adaptation to the Environment
21. Animal Health
22. Animal Behavior
23. Issues in Animal Agriculture
24. Beef Cattle Breeds and Breeding
25. Feeding and Managing Beef Cattle
26. Dairy Cattle Breeds and Breeding
27. Feeding and Managing Dairy Cattle
28. Swine Breeds and Breeding
29. Feeding and Managing Swine
30. Sheep and Goat Breeds and Breeding
31. Feeding and Managing Sheep and Goats
32. Horse Breeds and Breeding
33. Feeding and Managing Horses
34. Poultry Breeding, Feeding, and Management
Scientific Farm Animal Production is distinguished by an appropriate combination of both breadth and depth of livestock and poultry production and their respective industries. The book gives an overview of the biological principles applicable to the Animal Sciences with chapters on reproduction, genetics, nutrition, lactation, consumer products, and other subjects. The book also covers the breeding, feeding and management of beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, goats, and aquaculture. Although books have been written on each of these separate chapters, the authors have highlighted the significant biological principles, scientific relationships, and management practices in a condensed but informative manner.
This book is designed as a text for the introductory Animal Science course typically taught at universities and junior or community colleges. It is also a valuable reference book for livestock producers, vocational agriculture instructors, and others desiring an overview of livestock production principles and management. The book is basic and sufficiently simple for the urban student with limited livestock experience, yet challenging for the student who has a livestock production background.
Chapters 1 through 9 cover animal products. Chapters 10 through 22 discuss the biological principles. Livestock, poultry, and aquaculture management practices and issues are presented in Chapters 23 through 38.
The glossary of the terms, used throughout the book, has been expanded so students can readily become familiar with animal science terminology. The bold lettered words in the text areincluded in the glossary. Additionally, key words are provided at the end of each chapter as an aid to student learning.
Many illustrations in the form of photographs and line drawings are used throughout the book to communicate key points and major relationships. If "a picture is worth a thousand words," the numerous photographs and drawings expand the usefulness of the book beyond its pages.
Selected references are provided for each chapter to direct students into greater depth and breadth as they become intrigued with certain topics. Instructors can also use the references to expand their knowledge in current background material. Also included in the selected references section are references to visuals that relate to the specific chapter. Instructors are encouraged to review these visuals and use those that will enrich their course.