Scientific Farm Animal Production

Scientific Farm Animal Production

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For freshman-level introductory Animal Science courses, including Livestock Management.

The eighth edition of this highly-acclaimed, best-selling text gives an overview of the biological principles applicable to the Animal Sciences, with chapters on reproduction, genetics, nutrition, lactation, consumer products, and more. It covers the breeding, feeding, and management of beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, goats, and aquaculture. It highlights the significant biological principles, scientific relationships, and management practices in a condensed but informative manner. Basic and sufficiently simple for the urban student with limited livestock experience, Scientific Farm Animal Production is still challenging for the student who has a livestock production background.
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  • Hardback | 784 pages
  • 205.74 x 256.54 x 33.02mm | 1,632.92g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 8th edition
  • 013048170X
  • 9780130481702

Table of contents

1. Animal Contributions to Human Needs.

2. Overview of the Livestock and Poultry Industries.

3. Red Meat Products.

Color Plate Section.

4. Poultry and Egg Products.

5. Milk and Milk Products.

6. Wool and Mohair.

7. Byproducts of Meat Animals.

8. Market Classes and Grades of Livestock, Poultry, and Eggs.

9. Visual Evaluation of Market Animals.

Color Plate Section.

10. Reproduction.

11. Artificial Insemination, Estrous Synchronization, and Embryo Transfer.

12. Genetics.

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.

19. Lactation.

20. Adaptation to the Environment.

21. Animal Health.

22. Animal Behavior.

23. Issues in Animal Agriculture.

24. Making Effective Management Decisions.

25. Beef Cattle Breeds and Breeding.

Color Plate Selection.

26. Feeding and Managing Beef Cattle.

27. Dairy Cattle Breeds and Breeding.

Color Plate Selection.

28. Feeding and Managing Dairy Cattle.

29. Swine Breeds and Breeding.

30. Feeding and Managing Swine.

31. Sheep Breeds and Breeding.

32. Feeding and Managing Sheep.

33. Horse Breeds and Breeding.

Color Plate Selection.

34. Feeding and Managing Horses.

35. Poultry Breeding, Feeding, and Management.

36. Goat Breeding, Feeding, and Management.

37. Careers and Career Preparation in the Animal Sciences.

38. Aquaculture.


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About Robert E. Taylor

Robert E. Taylor was raised on an Idaho livestock operation where several livestock species were produced. He received a B.S. degree in animal husbandry and a Master's degree in animal production from Utah State University. This background, combined with his Ph.D. work in animal breeding and physiology from Oklahoma State University, provided much depth to his knowledge of livestock production. He has had practical production experience with beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, and swine.

Dr. Taylor received teaching awards at Iowa State University (where he also managed a swine herd) and at Colorado State University. He also received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Society of Animal Science in recognition of his ability to organize and present materials to students. Many of his concepts for effective teaching are used in this book. Dr. Taylor passed away in 1998.

Thomas G. Field was raised on a Colorado cow-calf and seedstock enterprise. He managed a seedstock herd of cattle after completing his B.S. degree. A competitive horseman as a youth, he has had practical experience with seedstock cattle, commercial cow-calf production, stockers, and horses. He has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in animal science from Colorado State University.

Dr. Field has received teaching awards from the USDA National Excellence in Teaching program, the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, the American Society of Animal Sciences, and Colorado State University. Dr. Field is the teaching coordinator for the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University and is responsible for coordinating the teaching herd.
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