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Genetic improvement of farmed animals.

Book cover for Genetic improvement of farmed animals.

Description

This 484-paged book is an extensively updated and expanded edition of the previous book by Simm, which focused on cattle and sheep. It has 14 chapters, the first chapter in the book sets the scene for modern livestock breeding, by looking at the origins and roles of today's livestock breeds. The next four chapters deal with the scientific principles of livestock improvement. Chapter 2 outlines some of the basic principles in genetics and attempts to illustrate the link between genes and the performance of individual farm animals, or populations of them. In Chapter 3 the main strategies for genetic improvement are discussed. The factors which affect responses to within-breed selection, and some of the tools and technologies used, especially for more effective within-breed selection, are discussed in Chapters 4 and 5. Chapter 6 explores in more depth how we analyse variation in farm animals. Chapter 7 discusses approaches to predicting breeding values. Chapters 8 to 13 deal with the application of these principles in practical breeding programmes in dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep and goats, poultry, pigs and aquaculture. Finally, Chapter 14 discusses some of the key societal, technical and ethical challenges facing farm animal production in general, and animal breeding and genetics in particular. It discusses how livestock breeders, scientists and others might respond to ensure wide societal and animal benefits from future breeding schemes. There is a glossary of technical terms at the end of the book.

Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The origins and rôles of today's livestock breeds. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 11) Genes, genetic codes and genetic variation. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 59) Strategies for genetic improvement. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 97) What affects response to selection within breeds? Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 128) Tools and technologies in animal breeding. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 178) Analysing genetic variation in farm animals. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 193) Predicting breeding values. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 234) Dairy cattle breeding. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 292) Beef cattle breeding. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 319) Sheep and goat breeding. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 366) Poultry breeding. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 393) Pig breeding. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 414) Aquaculture breeding. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 435) Future directions. Author(s): Simm, G. Pollott, G. Mrode, R. Houston, R. Marshall, K.