Practical Color Genetics for Livestock Breeders is a guide for breeders on the biology behind coat color in large animals directing breeders on how to implement breeding strategies to achieve desired results.
For animal breeders coat color genetics is one of the fundamental elements of breeding, along with health and conformation. Breeders need to know about coat color for showing purposes and where the fibre is used in industry, for example sheep and alpaca wool.
Breeding for coat color is complicated because many dominant and recessive traits interact to produce the base coat color. Alleles for these occur in pairs, so that the phenotype, or visual appearance, does not always reflect the underlying genotype.
D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD is Professor of Pathology and Genetics at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. His breed conservation endeavors include techincal adviser for the Livestock Conservancy as well as extensive work in Latin America. With 5m Books Phillip also published:
- Managing Breeds for a Secure Future 3rd Edition
- Breeding Better Dogs – forthcoming autumn 2023
- Goat Color
- Goat Agouti Locus Details
- Putting Knowledge to Work: Goats
- Sheep Color
- Sheep Agouti Locus Details
- Putting Knowledge to Work: Sheep
- Cattle Color
- Putting Knowledge to Work: Cattle
- Alpaca and Llama Color
- Putting Knowledge to Work: Alpacas and Llamas
- Hog Color
- Putting Knowledge to Work: Hogs