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Understanding Animal Breeding (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0130964496
ISBN-10: 0130964492
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An experienced educator in animal breeding, Rick Bourdon designed this book to be a modern, technologically up-to-date approach to animal breeding that is less intimidating to students than competing texts. The book is meant to be a learning text or guide as opposed to simply a reference. 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (August 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130964492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130964496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Davila on May 2, 2005
Format: Textbook Binding
This is an excellent book on animal breeding. However, contrary to a previous review, it does not have any pictures at all! It has excellent charts and tables that illustrate points in the book. I just wanted to clarify this point.
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This is NOT a coffee table book, and there is some math involved, but overall it is very digestible. Here is the detailed 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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This book was recommended to me by a college professor who teaches horse breeding genetics. She said that although the book is not specifically about horses, she finds the information in it to be more correct than many texts that are.
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This is a textbook I bought for a class. I liked the information and it was very good for some supplemental learning when I didn't understand something. All in all this is a very well written book and is a staple for anyone wanting to learn about animal breeding and the pros of making a few small changes to your breeding program. This book is also quite lighter than you'd expect a book of its size to be so I would not recommend it as a paper-weight.
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By AL on June 22, 2014
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Animal breeding tends to be full of algebra and maths, which hamper understanding. This is not the case here and the author goes to intuition and gives lots of practical examples. Yet he has lots of rigor. Very good.
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As good as expected!
It's a used book but as the seller advertised, it supposed to look "like new" and it really looks like new. Bought it for a friend and she is very pleased with it.
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Book condition is good, and came on time. But it's been binded backwards, so have to flip book over and around for pages to be in correct order.
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