Livestock Management Books

  • Breeding strategies for sustainable management of animal genetic resources

    FAO Animal Production and Health Guidelines # 3Genetic improvement is an essential component of the management of animal genetic resources and can make important contributions to food security and rural development. Yet, the majority of developing countries have not been successful in sustaining breed development programmes. The objective of these ...

  • State of Food and Agriculture 2009: Livestock in the balance

    The livestock sector is transforming rapidly in response to shifts in the global economy and changing societal expectations. Society expects the livestock sector to provide safe and plentiful food and fibre for growing urban populations, livelihoods for more than a billion poor producers and traders as well as global public goods related to food ...

  • Preparation of national strategies and action plans for animal genetic resources

    FAO Animal Production and Health Guidelines No.2These guidelines were prepared to support countries in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, the first international agreed framework for the management of biodiversity in the livestock sector, adopted in 2007. Preparing and implementing a national strategy and ...

  • State of Food and Agriculture 2009. Towards a responsible livestock future (Chinese version)

    The livestock sector is transforming rapidly in response to shifts in the global economy and changing societal expectations. Society expects the livestock sector to provide safe and plentiful food and fibre for growing urban populations, livelihoods for more than a billion poor producers and traders as well as global public goods related to food ...

  • State of Food and Agriculture 2009. Towards a responsible livestock future (Arabic version)

    The livestock sector is transforming rapidly in response to shifts in the global economy and changing societal expectations. Society expects the livestock sector to provide safe and plentiful food and fibre for growing urban populations, livelihoods for more than a billion poor producers and traders as well as global public goods related to food ...

  • Higher value addition through hides and skins

    Hides and skins from domestic livestock are potentially valuable agricultural products, especially suited for export. Their processing can provide employment and extra income for rural dwellers. This booklet outlines the opportunities for generating income by producing and trading hides and skins. [NOTE: The main target audience for the FAO ...

  • Livestock keepers. Guardians of biodiversity

    FAO Animal Production and Health Papers # 167Smallholder farmers and pastoralists fulfill an invaluable yet undervalued role in conserving biodiversity. They act as guardians of locally adapted livestock breeds that can make use of even marginal environments under tough climatic conditions and therefore are a crucial resource for food security. ...

  • State of Food and Agriculture 2009. Towards a responsible livestock future (Russian version)

    The livestock sector is transforming rapidly in response to shifts in the global economy and changing societal expectations. Society expects the livestock sector to provide safe and plentiful food and fibre for growing urban populations, livelihoods for more than a billion poor producers and traders as well as global public goods related to food ...

  • State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture - in brief, (The) (En)

    Sustainable management of the world's livestock genetic diversity is of vital importance to agriculture, food production, rural development and the environment. 'The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (available in English, ISBN 978-92-5-105762-9) draws on 169 Country Reports, contributions from a number of ...

  • People and animals. Traditional livestock keepers: guardians of domestic animal diversity (En)

    Domestic animal diversity is being lost at an alarming rate. Worldwide, local livestock breed are being crossed or replaced with higher-yielding animals. In collaboration with livestock communities, research centres, universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, FAO identified and documented 13 case studies, presented in this ...

  • Livestock and aquaculture insurance in developing countries (En)

    Series: FAO Agricultural Services BulletinsLivestock and aquaculture insurance have received less attention than crop insurance in risk management strategies being considered in recent years. This publication is intended as a contribution to redressing this imbalance. It briefly introduces the role of insurance as a risk management mechanism in ...

  • Marker-assisted selection. Current status and future perspectives in crops, livestock, forestry and fish (En)

    In the light of continuing research and technology development, the process of producing improved varieties, clones, breeds and stains of agriculturally important species is continuously becoming more accurate, reliable and efficient. Today, molecular marker-assisted selection (MAS) is the core technology involved for increasing the rate of ...

  • Global plan of action for animal genetic resources and the Interlaken declaration (En)

    Sustainable use, development and conservation of the world's livestock genetic resources are of vital importance to agriculture, food production, rural development and the environment. In recognition of the need to develop and effective framework for the management of these resources and to address the threat of genetic erosion, 109 countries came ...

  • State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture - in brief, (The) (Arabic version) (Ar)

    Sustainable management of the world's livestock genetic diversity is of vital importance to agriculture, food production, rural development and the environment. 'The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (available in English, ISBN 978-92-5-105762-9) draws on 169 Country Reports, contributions from a number of ...

  • Working with Farmer Innovators

    For centuries, farmers have developed technological innovations, to produce improved crops, livestock, tools and machinery and manage their resources in a sustainable manner. Yet in many countries, this kind of intuitive experimentation remains untapped, and farmers receive scant credit for their contributions. This handbook is a training tool ...

  • Tropical crop-livestock systems in conservation agriculture. The Brazilian experience (En)

    Series: Integrated Crop ManagementThis publication describes how pasture, fodder and livestock production have been integrated into conservation agriculture systems in Brazil's tropical zones. Vast areas of forest have been cleared in the tropical areas of Brazil for establishment of pastures that become unproductive once the native fertility of ...

  • Grasslands: Developments, opportunities, perspectives (English)

    This book looks at significant current grassland problems and issues, and provides an insight into grassland productivity in diverse areas of the world, with their various production systems. There is a focus on recent technical advances and the prospects for further innovation, through twenty-one chapters by eminent grassland scientists, grouped ...

  • Grasslands of the World

    Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection SeriesThis book brings together information on the contrasting characteristics, condition, present use and problems of the world's main natural grasslands. Since grassland is commercialized through the grazing animal, particular attention is paid to the livestock production systems associated with each ...

  • Livestock Report 2006 (En)

    The 2006 Livestock Report Highlights critical issues that arise from the globalisation of the Livestock sector. It is the first of a series that aims to stimulate broad debate, and to this end it covers a wide spectrum of topics. Five papers take a global perspective on various topics (including the management of transboundary animal diseases, the ...

  • Winners and Losers: Privatising the Commons in Botswana. Securing the Commons No. 9

    In recent years, the 'Botswana model' of rangeland policy has been heralded by many as a successful example of government intervention to improve the performance of the livestock sector. The simplicity of the theoretical assumptions underpinning the 'model' (the so-called 'tragedy of the commons' theory) and of the policy implications that it ...

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