Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social, and Industry Perspectives (2nd Edition)

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For courses in Introduction to Animal Science; Agriculture and Society; Social Issues in Agriculture.Unique in focus and cutting-edge in content, this lavishly illustrated introduction to animal science covers the full range of topics--traditional and non-traditional--that reflect the way agriculture is changing today, and that will prepare students for the modern agricultural workforce. It explores animal science from a variety of integrated perspectives--global, biological, species, industry, and society--by examining not only the topics traditionally covered at the introductory level (e.g., major species, nutrition, digestion, feeds, genetics, reproduction, disease, and animal behavior), but also by exploring the dynamic nature of animal science and the many ways in which it is a piece of a much larger whole of agriculture (e.g., vertical integration or industry structure) and agriculture within society (e.g., how animals fit into all of society and how animals contribute to the well-being of man from a worldwide perspective).

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Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social, and Industry Perspectives, Second Edition presents a complete, up-to-date discussion of the traditional disciplines that are so essential to a solid foundation in Animal Science, including nutrition, digestion, feeds, genetics, reproduction, disease, and animal behavior. Species-focused chapters include the major species (horse, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goat, poultry. and seine) as well as the minor species (aquaculture. pets/companion animals, the lamoids, and rabbits).

However, this text is more than a traditional treatment of Animal Science. The Study of modern Animal Science also requires a comprehensive, non-traditional approach that effectively introduces the discipline as an ever-changing and integral part of every aspect of human existence—a task that is well-accomplished in this unique text by author W. Stephen Damron. In his own informal and engaging style. Dr. Damron not only covers all of the major species and their concerns but also challenges the reader to consider the many pressing interests relevant to Animal Science as it influences and is influenced by society today:

  • Animnal welfare and animal rights
  • Animals as consumers of grain
  • Food safety
  • Factors affecting world agriculture
  • The value of animals to humans
  • Careers in Animal Science
  • The role of animals in sustainable agriculture
  • Worldwide systems of agriculture production
  • Biotechnology and genetic engineering
  • Vertical integration

From the discussions of West Nile virus in horses to Agribusiness as a career, this new edition provides everything that is necessary for an outstanding, cutting-edge introduction to this exciting field.

About the Author:

W. Stephen Damron, Ph.D., is Professor of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. His career as an educator has spanned nearly a quarter of a century and he is the recipient of eleven teaching awards, including the prestigious NACTA and Gamma Sigma Delta Distinguished Teaching awards. Dr. Damron is a member of boar the American Society of Anima! Science and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture,

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