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Genetic Improvement of Cattle and Sheep


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Chapter 1: The Origins of today's livestock breeds 1.1: Natural selection and evolution 1.2: Domestication 1.3: Origins of Livestock breeds Chapter 2: Genes, genetic codes and genetic variation 2.1: Chromosomes and genes 2.2: The structure and function of genes 2.3: Genes, genotypes and phenotypes 2.4: Types of gene action 2.5: The nature of traits of interest in farm animals Chapter 3: Strategies for genetic improvement 3.1: The structure of livestock breeding industries 3.2: Selection between breeds 3.3: Selection within breeds 3.4: Crossbreeding 3.5: Conservation of genetic resources Chapter 4: What affects response to selection within breeds? 4.1: Factors affecting rates of genetic gain 4.2: Controlling inbreeding Chapter 5: Predicting breeding values 5.1: Management of candidates for selection 5.2: Adjusting records of performance 5.3: Predicting breeding values 5.4: International conversions and evaluations Chapter 6: Dairy cattle breeding 6.1: Breeding goals 6.2: Breeds and crosses used in dairying 6.3: Selection within breeds 6.4: Practical guidelines on selction Chapter 7: Beef cattle breeding 7.1: Breeding goals 7.2: Breeds and crosses used in beef production 7.3: Selection within breeds 7.4: Practical guidelines on selection Chapter 8: Sheep breeding 8.1: Breeding goals 8.2: Breeds and crosses used in sheep production 8.3: Selection within breeds 8.4: Practical guidelines on selection Chapter 9: New technologies 9.1: Reproductive technologies 9.2: Molecular genetic technologies 9.3: Ethical implications of new technologies

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