Applied Animal Endocrinology of swine, cattle, horses, fish, sheep, poultry Endocrinology of animals - pig cow horse fish sheep chickens

Applied Animal Endocrinology

Editor: E.J. Squires



Paperback: 350 pages 163 illustrations Published: November, 2003
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Hormone and Receptor Structure and Function:
  • Introduction
  • Synthesis, Release and Metabolism of Hormones
  • Receptors and Hormone Action
  • Pituitary-Hypothalamic Integration of Hormone Action
  • Endocrine Methodologies:
  • Methods for Studying Endocrine Function
  • Measurement of Hormones and Receptors
  • Methods for the Production of Hormones
  • Manipulation of Endocrine Function
  • Manipulation of Growth and Carcass Composition:
  • Overview
  • Anabolic Steroids and Analogues
  • Use of Intact Uncastrated Male Pigs
  • Somatotropin
  • b-Adrenergic Agonists
  • Thyroid Hormones
  • Dietary Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
  • Leptin
  • Cholecystokinin and Appetite
  • Antibiotics, Antimicrobials and Other Factors
  • Endocrine Effects on Animal Products:
  • Mammary Gland Development and Milk Production
  • Egg Production
  • Wool Production and Endocrine Defleecing
  • Endocrine Manipulation of Reproduction:
  • Manipulation of Reproduction in Mammals
  • Endocrine Manipulations in Aquaculture
  • Effects on Animal Behaviour, Health and Welfare:
  • Control of broodiness in Poultry
  • Applications of Pheromones
  • Effects of Stress
  • Endocrine Applications in Toxicology
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    An indispensible textbook for veterinary biochemistry and endocrinology courses. Geneticists and animal production advisors will also find it useful. Too technical and theoretical to be of much interest to farmers. For teaching purposes there is a list of questions for study or discussion at the end of each chapter.

    Publisher's synopsis: 
    The purpose of this book is to explain the role of hormones in improving or monitoring the production, performance, reproduction, behaviour and health of animals. The focus is primarily on commerically important farm animal species. The book provides a textbook suitable for advanced students of animal science.

    As greater emphasis is placed not only on efficiency and yield, but also health and welfare, in animal production, knowledge of the influence of hormones in animal growth and development is essential. As well as giving a thorough grounding in the subject, this textbook explains the techniques and effects of hormone manipulation and applies it to poultry, fish, horses, cattle, pigs and sheep.

    The species coverage of this book is so wide that it is not possible to deal with any one species in great depth, but there is a useful "Further reading" section at the end of each chapter.

    The title suggests that the book will be quite practical, but in fact, although it deals with important practical issues and questions, the approach is often quite academic, biochemical and endocrinological.

    A new and practical book on veterinary endocrinology is long overdue, so I was quite excited to receive a copy to review. However this textbook can only be described (like Du Maurier's "Curate's Egg") as "Good in parts!"

    As far as pigs are concerned the book has excellent sections on:

    Pigs were very poorly served on these topics:

    In attempting to cover a very wide field (horses, poultry and fish as well as farm animals), with limited authorship, some areas are, not surprisingly, quite disappointing. For example, the lactational and reproductive physiology sections were very limited and not of much practical help.

    Not only is the word "animal" in the title misleading (the book covers fish and poultry also), but the word "applied" is not especially helpful. Practical, production-related topics are covered, but largely from an academic, biochemical and endocrinological point of view. However, a helpful "further reading" section is provided at the end of each chapter, together with a list of questions to assist teaching and discussion.

    M. J. Meredith    


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