For freshman-level introductory courses in Animal Science that reflect the way animal science is today. Animal Science used to be focused only on livestock. Today's courses include companion animals and international animals. Innovative in content and perspective, this text offers a refreshing and engaging approach to what animal science has come to be in the modern age. It puts all of animal science into perspective by examining not only the topics traditionally covered at the introductory level (e.g., major species, nutrition, digestion, feeds, genetics, reproduction, disease, and animal behavior) but by exploring the dynamic nature of animal science and the many ways in which it is a piece of a much larger whole of agriculture (e.g., vertical integration of industry structure) and agriculture within society (e.g., how animals fit into all of society and how animals contribute to the well being of man from a worldwide perspective).
Table of Contents
I. THE PLACE OF ANIMALS AND ANIMAL SCIENCE IN THE LIVES OF HUMANS.
1. Introduction to the Animal Sciences. 2. The Value of Animals to Mankind. 3. Factors Affecting World Agricultural Structure. 4. Worldwide Systems of Agricultural Production.
II. THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES OF ANIMAL SCIENCE.
5. Introduction to Nutrition. 6. The Gastrointestinal Tract and Nutrition. 7. Feedstuffs Classification. 8. Genetics. 9. Animal Breeding. 10. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. 11. Animal Reproduction. 12. Lactation. 13. Animal Behavior. 14. Animal Health.
III. THE ANIMAL INDUSTRIES.
15. Vertical Integration: Beef, Pork and Poultry. 16. Beef Cattle. 17. Dairy Cattle. 18. Poultry. 19. Swine. 20. Sheep and Goats. 21. Horses. 22. Aquaculture. 23. Pet and Companion Animals. 24. Llamoids. 25. Rabbits.
IV. ANIMALS AND SOCIETAL CONCERNS.
26. Careers and Career Preparation in Animal Science. 27. Animals As Consumers of Grain: Asset or Liability? 28. Food Safety and Consumer Concerns. 29. Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. 30. Animals in Sustainable Agriculture.