Reproductive breeding technologies in Farm Animals - artificial insemination A.I. semen sexing technology Embryo transfer in vitro fertilization Control of oestrus and ovulation - pigs swine sheep goats Buffalo Camelids Horses Technology and techniques of artificial breeding and insemination in farm animal livestock - Pig - Ewe - Goat - Buffaloes - Camel - Horse

Reproductive Technologies in Farm Animals
Cattle - Sheep - Pigs - Goats - Buffalo - Camelids - Horses

Prof. Ian Gordon
Department of Animal Science & Production University College Dublin Ireland


Paperback: 352 pages Published November 2004
Publisher: CABI Publishing UK ISBN: 0851998623

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In the past half century great progress has been made in the reproductive management of farm animals, both mammals and birds. This book aims to review developments and indicate which reproductive technologies can be used commercially or in research.

The book begins by discussing artificial insemination (A.I.) and how this has recently been refined in semen sexing technology. Embryo transfer, in vitro embryo production technology and the control of oestrus and ovulation are then reviewed.

Later chapters consider the control of postpartum ovarian activity, seasonal breeding, multiple births and litter size, pregnancy testing, parturition, and the onset of puberty. The author then describes more recent developments in cloning and the production of transgenic animals. The final chapteris a manual on suppressing reproductive activity in farm livestock.




SECTION: 1 Introduction
  • The Changing Agricultural Scene
  • Animal Welfare Considerations
  • Current Applications of Reproductive Technologies
  • Factors Affecting Male Fertility
  • Factors Affecting Female Fertility
  • Enhancing Female Fertility
  • Future of Research
    SECTION: 2 Artificial Insemination
  • Advantages of Artificial Insemination
  • Growth and Development of AI Technology
  • Semen Sexing Technology
  • Future Developments in AI Technology
    SECTION 3: Embryo Transfer Techniques
  • Practical Advantages of Embryo Transfer in Livestock Breeding
  • Growth & Development of Embryo Transfer Technology
  • Practical Applications of Embryo Transfer
  • Future Developments
    SECTION 4: Future Developments in Farm Animal Breeding
  • Advantages of In Vitro Produced Livestock Embryos
  • Growth and Development of Animal Breeding Technology
  • IVP-Embryos in Commerce and in Embryology Research
  • Future Commercial and Technical Developments
    SECTION 5: Controlling Oestrus and Ovulation
  • Oestrus (Estrus is U.S. spelling) - Detection of Estrus
  • The Oestrous Cycle (Estrous cycle)
  • Advantages of Oestrus Control
  • Growth and Development of Estrus Control Technology
  • Practical Applications of Technology
    SECTION 6: Control of Postpartum Ovarian Activity
  • Factors Influencing Post-partum Ovary Activity
  • Development of Control Measures for Post-Natal Function of Ovaries
    SECTION 7: Control of Seasonal Breeding
  • Advantages of Control Measures
  • Breeding & Non-Breeding Seasons in Ewe and Ram
  • Development & Application of Control Measures
    SECTION 8: Controlling Multiple Births & Litter Size
  • Advantages of Control Measures for Fecundity
  • Development of Control Measures for litter size
    SECTION 9: Pregnancy Testing Techniques
  • Advantages of Control & Diagnosis Measures for Pregnancy
  • Factors Affecting Establishment of Gestation
  • Pregnancy Detection Technology & Methods
    SECTION 10: Controlling Parturition
  • Advantages of Farm Livestock Birth Control Measures
  • Development of Parturition Control Measures
    SECTION 11: Controlling Onset of Puberty
  • Practical Implications of Early Puberty
  • Development of Manipulating Puberty Techniques
  • Applications of Pubertal Control Technology
    SECTION 12: Cloning Technology
  • Practical Implications of Technology
  • Development of Cloning Technology
    SECTION 13: Production of Transgenics
  • Practical Implications of Transgenic Animal Technology
  • Producing Trangenic Farm Animals
    SECTION 14: Suppressing Reproductive Activity
  • Advantages of Technology
  • Development & Application of Technology
  • Scope of this manual:

    An up-to-date textbook that covers key methods of manipulating reproduction in farm animals:
  • Species coverage: Pig, Beef and Dairy Cow, Sheep, Goat, buffaloes, Camel, Horse
  • Optimizing fertility
  • Litter size (fecundity) control
  • Control of the estrous cycle and postpartum breeding
  • Optimising oestrus detection
  • Synchronisation of breeding cycles and estrus
  • Embryo transfer
  • Out of season breeding
  • Cloning
  • In vitro fertilisation and embryo manipulation
  • Cloning
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Temperate and tTropical climate livestock covered
  • Organic farming - Implications for reproduction technology
  • Animal welfare aspects of artificial breeding techniques


    A textbook for farm livestock breeders, farm business seedstock (nucleus herd) consultants, undergraduate and postgraduate student reference book for agriculture, animal physiology, animal science and veterinary medicine. Specialist vets and consultants who advise on farm animal fertility and breeding programmes will find this comprehensive manual especially valuable. Breeding and genetic technology research workers will also find the book to be full of very helpful advice, information and key research literature references.

    Review by Dr. M. J. Meredith    

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