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Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding: 2 volume pack

Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding: 2 volume pack

By V Porter, Livestock Author, West Sussex, UK, L Alderson, International Consultant on animal genetic resources and Chairman of Countrywide Livestock Ltd., UK, S Hall, Livestock Diversity Ltd., UK, D P Sponenberg, Virginia Tech, USA

March 2016 / Hardback / 1200 Pages / 9781845934668 £575.00 / €750.00 / $950.00
With 10% online discount: £517.50 / €675.00 / $855.00
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Main Description

Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding describes breeds of livestock worldwide as well as a range of breed-related subjects such as husbandry, health and behaviour. This definitive and prestigious reference work presents easily accessible information on domestication (including wild ancestors and related species), genetics and breeding, livestock produce and markets, as well as breed conservation and the cultural and social aspects of livestock farming. Written by renowned livestock authorities, these volumes draw on the authors' lifelong interest and involvement in livestock breeds of the world, presenting a unique, comprehensive and fully cross-referenced guide to cattle, buffalo, horses, pigs, sheep, asses, goats, camelids, yak and other domesticants.

Volume 1: contains asses, camelids, cattle, goats, horses and pigs
Volume 2: contains sheep, water buffalo, yak and other livestock

Breed descriptions: including groups, types and varieties, history and links between groups, livestock products and trends for creating new breeds
Wild species: ancestral and relatives, potential domesticants and hybridization
Humans and breeds: spread of domestication, transhumance and pastoralism, social and cultural influences, suitability of different groups for different human purposes
Genetics and Conservation: a dedicated section and glossary of terms

Placing breeds in a practical agricultural context, this two volume encyclopedia will be of great value to agriculturalists, breeders, geneticists, biologists, rural historians, conservationists, ecologists, and all those who are interested in the rich diversity of livestock breeds.

  • 1:: Preface
  • 2:: Introduction
  • 3:: Genetics, Breeding and Conservation
  • 4:: Asses
  • 5:: Camelids
  • 6:: Cattle
  • 7:: Goats
  • 8:: Horses
  • 9:: Pigs
  • 10:: Sheep
  • 11:: Water Buffalo
  • 12:: Yak
  • 13:: Other Livestock
"For those who are not from an animal breeding or genetics background and have a general interest in livestock breeds there is an excellent introductory chapter on breeding, genetics and conservation [...] with a details glossary of terms [which] explains complex terms in an easy to understand way." - Alan Fahey, Journal of Agricultural Science (2017), 155, 191