Managing Breeds for a Secure Future

Strategies for Breeders and Breed Associations (Second Edition)

By D. Phillip Sponenberg, Alison Martin, Jeannette Beranger

Bringing together the experience of three top academic experts in breeding procedure, this up-to-date edition of Managing Breeds for a Secure Future examines breeding and genetics at a level accessible to all. This new edition has been revised to cover emerging debates in animal breeding and includes domestic species, such as dogs and horses. The authors skillfully use a clear discussion of theoretical genetics to explain its practical applications to a wide audience of livestock and domestic animal breeders. Specific examples are provided throughout to illustrate how decisions regarding breeding and management relate back to genetic theory. Advice is given on all areas pertaining to the process of responsible breed management from selecting pairs and mating systems to registry functions and long-term management. Current topics of interest covered include: breeding for robustness and disease resistance, international movement of livestock, and preserving endangered breeds. Breed associations are also discussed in depth with particular emphasis on how reducing common conflicts can secure the future of breeds for generations to come. This practical book offers a comprehensive examination of breeding practices aimed at livestock and dog breeders of all abilities and experience levels. The first edition was published by The Livestock Conservancy. *** "...an excellent resource for breed conservation and management. ...many examples from both rare and populous breeds. ...provide[s] practical recommendations that cover theoretical, political, and organizational aspects of breed preservation.... This book is important reading for any veterinarian, breeder, or owner interested in the hands-on management of breeding and breed conservation. ...accompanied by many photographs, figures, tables, and diagrams of breeds and breeding schemes. It allows readers to understand the different goals and emphases of various domestic animal species, as well as the market forces that affect breed management." --Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 251, No. 12, December 15, 2017 [Subject: Farm Life, Animal Breeding & Management, Animal Husbandry, animal conservancy, genetics]


Publication Date: 6/13/2017
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781910455760