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Managing Breeds for a Secure Future 3rd Edition


312 in stock

312 in stock

D. Phillip Sponenberg, Jeannette Beranger, Alison Martin, Charlene Couch



Breeds are fascinating entities. They depend on individual breeders for their continuing existence. Although breeders may come and go, each of them is important and has the potential to make positive contributions to the breed.

Multiple factors can guarantee breeders long-term successful management. These include biological aspects, consistent market demand, and the important and sometimes politically charged role of breed associations as the main advocates for breeds today.

Strategies for success have been detailed in the first and second editions of Managing Breeds for a Secure Future. The third edition explores this further, providing more strategies that can assure long-term survival for breeds of livestock, poultry, and dogs.

Managing Breeds for a Secure Future Third Edition: Strategies for Breeders and Breed Associations is re-organized to flow better, and has additional chapters on specific protocols for maintaining breeds. It also delves more deeply into rescuing rare populations, through both theory and practice. Updates to the new edition include: biological issues, population analysis, pedigree-based analyses, managing a genetic defect, and specific rescue principles and practices.


Preface xi

  1. Introduction
  2. Breed Basics
  3. Breeds as Gene Pools: Variability and Predictability
  4. Defining an Individual Breed
  5. Breed Standards
  6. Principles of Genetic Management
  7. Selection as a Genetic Management Tool
  8. Evaluating Individual Animals
  9. Practical Aspect of Genetic Management
  10. Assissted Reproduction Techniques
  11. Animal Identification
  12. Population Analysis
  13. Maintaing Breeds for a Long-Term Success
  14. Specific Plans for Maintenance Breeding
  15. Resucing Small Populations: General Aspects
  16. Specific Plans for Rescue Breeding
  17. Putting the Lessons Together: Dexter Cattle
  18. External Factors Affecting Breeding
  19. General Principles of Breed Associations
  20. Practical Details of Breed Associations
  21. Registry
  22. Breeder Responsibilities


  1. Appendix 1: Phenotypic Matrix for Colonial Spanish Horses
  2. Appendix 2: A Protocol for Bloodline Analysis
  3. Appendix 3: A Protocol for Assessing Popuar Sires or Dams
  4. Appendix 4: Sample Bylaws

Additional information

ISBN 9781789181647
Page extent 432 Pages
Product type HB
Publication date Jan-22
Dimensions 243 × 172 mm


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