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.
Presents concepts related to animal breeding in a format that stresses application before explaining theory. Elements crucial to successful breeding of animals are covered, including Mendelian inheritance, genetic prediction, large-scale genetic evaluation, correlated response to selection, and mating systems, strategies, and techniques. Diagrams are used liberally to illustrate statistical concepts. Includes margin terms and key points, plus chapter exercises, questions, and answers. Requires no prior experience in genetics or statistics. The author is an experienced educator in the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)