About The Book
Main Description Understanding the processes that change the shape and composition of farm animals is fundamental to all aspects of production. Showing the progression from cell to tissue to entire animal, this comprehensive textbook provides an essential broad base for animal production, with key information on how animals grow and change in shape and composition, and factors that affect these processes. Illustrated with new photographs and focus boxes highlighting vital points, this updated third edition includes a new chapter on avian growth, an important source of protein for the expanding population. Providing a thorough, yet student-friendly approach to the subject, this book continues to fill the important role of helping readers to understand how the basics of growth must be thoroughly understood if farm animals are to be used efficiently and humanely in producing food for mankind. Table of Contents 1: General Aspects of Growth2: Cells3: Principles of Cell Growth4: Tissues: Basic Structure and Growth5: Tissues: Growth and Structure Relative to Product Value for Human Consumption6: Mammary Gland Growth and Product Yield7: Hormonal Influences on Growth8: Genetic Influences on Growth9: The Immune System and Growth10: Gametes, Fertilization and Embryonic Growth in Mammals11: Prenatal and Postnatal Growth in Mammals12: Growth of Avian Species13: Efficiency and Growth14: Compensatory Growth15: Growth and Puberty in Breeding Animals16: Measuring and Predicting Growth and Body Composition in the Live Animal17: Measurements on the Carcass18: 'Growth Promoters', Performance Enhancers, Feed Additives and Alternative Approaches19: The Future Reviews The updated third edition of the textbook is a valuable introduction to the important area of growth of farm animals. This book is a valuable resource for undergraduate students in animal and veterinary sciences, but it is also an important aid for all those dealing with meat sciences and meat processing.