For introductory courses in Animal Science.
Now in its Third Edition, Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social and Industry Perspectives continues to present the most complete, up-to-date coverage of the traditional disciplines that are so essential to a soild foundation in Animal Science: nutrition, digestion, feeds, genetics, reproduction, disease, and animal behavior. Species-focused chapters include the major species (horse, dair cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goat, poultry, and swine) as well as the minor species (aquaculture, pets/companion animals, the lamoids, and rabbits).
In addition, however, the study of modern Animal Science also requires a comprehensive, non-traditional approach that effectively introduces the discipline as an ever-changing and integral part of every aspect of human existence. For this reason, author W. Stephen Damron not only presents thorough coverage of the major species and their respective concerns - he also challenges the reader to consider the many pressing interests relevant to Animal Science as it influences and is influenced by society today.
PART I THE PLACE OF ANIMALS AND ANIMAL SCIENCE IN THE LIVES OF HUMANS
1. Introduction to Animal Science
2. The Value of Animals to Mankind
3. Factors Affecting World Agricultural Structure
4. Worldwide Systems of Agricultural Production
PART II THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES OF ANIMAL SCIENCE
5. Introduction to Nutrition
6. The Gastrointestinal Tract and Nutrition
7. Feedstuffs Classification
9. Animal Breeding
10. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
11. Animal Reproduction
13. Animal Behavior
14. Animal Health
PART III THE ANIMAL INDUSTRIES
15. Vertical Integration Comparison: Beef, Pork and Poultry
16. Beef Cattle
17. Dair Cattle
20. Sheep and Goats
23. Pet and Companion Animals
PART IV ANIMALS AND SOCIETY
26. Careers and Career Preparation in Animal Science
27. Animals as Consumers of Grain: Asset or Liability?
28. Food Safety and Consumer Concers
29. Animal Welfare and Animal Rights
30. Animals in Sustainable Agriculture