Understanding Animal Breeding

Hardcover | July 29, 1999

byRichard M. Bourdon

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An experienced animal breeder, Rick Bourdon designed this book to be a modern, technologically up-to-date approach to animal breeding. Understanding Animal Breeding addresses the abstract concepts of animal breeding, presenting the necessary mathematics, but previous experience in genetics and statistics is not assumed. Well organized and readable, the book stresses application, then explains theory for an overall understanding of the material. Coverage explores the latest material on interactions and breeding objectives; performance testing; probabilities and inheritance; the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium with multiple alleles; realized response to selection; breeding for uniformity; and biotechnology. For practicing animal breeders as well as those interested in breeding and agriculture.

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There is a lot more to animal breeding than you may think. In Understanding Animal Breeding, Richard M. Bourdon examines the latest in breeding techniques and objectives, as well as the abstract concepts of animal breeding. Readers will learn the necessary mathematics, performance testing, probabilities, inheritance, breeding for unifo...

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An experienced animal breeder, Rick Bourdon designed this book to be a modern, technologically up-to-date approach to animal breeding. Understanding Animal Breeding addresses the abstract concepts of animal breeding, presenting the necessary mathematics, but previous experience in genetics and statistics is not assumed. Well organ...

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An experienced animal breeder, Rick Bourdon designed this book to be a modern, technologically uptodate approach to animal breeding. Understanding Animal Breeding addresses the abstract concepts of animal breeding, presenting the necessary mathematics, but previous experience in genetics and statistics is not assumed. Well organized ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:538 pages, 10.1 × 8.2 × 1.4 inPublished:July 29, 1999Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0130964492

ISBN - 13:9780130964496

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Table of Contents

I. ANIMAL BREEDING FROM THE TOP DOWN.

 1. What is the “Best” Animal?

 2. How are Animal Populations Improved?

II. ANIMAL BREEDING FROM THE BOTTOM UP.

 3. Mendelian Inheritance.

 4. Genes in Populations.

 5. Simply-Inherited and Polygenic Traits.

III. SELECTION.

 6. Selection for Simply-Inherited Traits.

 7. The Genetic Model for Quantitative Traits.

 8. Statistics and Their Application to Quantitative Traits.

 9. Heritability and Repeatability.

10. Factors Affecting the Rate of Genetic Change.

11. Genetic Prediction.

12. Large-Scale Genetic Evaluation.

13. Correlated Response to Selection.

14. Multiple-Trait Selection.

IV. MATING SYSTEMS.

15. Selection for Simply-Inherited Traits.

16. Mating Strategies Based on Animal Performance: Random and Assortative Mating.

17. Mating Strategies Based on Pedigree Relationship: Inbreeding and Outbreeding.

18. Hybrid Vigor.

19. Crossbreeding Systems.

V. NEW TECHNIQUES, OLD STRATEGIES

20. Biotechnology and Animal Breeding.

21. Commonsense Animal Breeding.

Glossary.

Appendix.

Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems.

Index.

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There is a lot more to animal breeding than you may think. In Understanding Animal Breeding, Richard M. Bourdon examines the latest in breeding techniques and objectives, as well as the abstract concepts of animal breeding. Readers will learn the necessary mathematics, performance testing, probabilities, inheritance, breeding for uniformity and biotechnology. Bourdon explains the theory behind this material, but this book concentrates on application of these theories. This book is a must for anyone with an interest in breeding and agriculture.