Higher Education

Science of Animal Agriculture, 4th Edition

  • Ray V. Herren University of Georgia, Athens (Emeritus)
  • ISBN-10: 1435480740  |  ISBN-13: 9781435480742
  • 554 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2000, 1993
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $153.75
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Overview

THE SCIENCE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE, 4th edition teaches science along with concepts associated with the industry of animal agriculture. The fourth edition features many updates, including the latest advancements in the field of animal science, such as cellular biology, and the latest updates on consumer concerns and new government regulations. A hallmark of THE SCIENCE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE, 4th edition is the presentation of scientific theory via application context. Topics such as nutrition, anatomy, genetics, entomology, pathology, and animal behavior are covered in depth. These complicated areas are presented in the context of how they are used in the animal industry, allowing your students to make a distinct correlation. Your students will benefit from this science-based, animal agriculture book that makes complicated biology principles easy to grasp and apply.

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Features and Benefits

  • Presents agricultural and biological concepts so students can better understand the animal agricultural industry.
  • Focus on the connection between theory and application.
  • Connects real life scenarios with biological principles that help students retain the concepts presented.
  • Detailed illustrations lead to your students’ clearer understanding of key concepts.

Table of Contents

1. Animal Agriculture as Science.
The Scientific Method. Animal Immunization. Refrigeration. Artificial Insemination. Embryo Transfer. The Use of Computers. Summary. Review Exercises.
2. The Classification of Agricultural Animals.
Scientific Classification. Classification by Breeds. Classification According to Use. Summary. Review Exercises.
3. The Beef Industry.
Beef in the American Diet. The Beef Industry in the United States. Beef Cattle Breeds. Segments of the Beef Industry. Summary. Review Exercises.
4. The Dairy Industry.
Feeding. Gestation. Milk Production. Dairy Goats and Sheep. Cheese Manufacturing. Summary. Review Exercises.
5. The Swine Industry.
Industry History. Breeds of Swine. Production Methods. Environmental Concerns. Summary. Review Exercises.
6. The Poultry Industry.
The Broiler Industry. Broiler Production . Layer Industry. The Turkey Industry. Other Poultry. Summary. Review Exercises.
7. The Sheep Industry.
The Wool Industry. Summary. Review Exercises.
8. The Goat Industry.
History. Goat Industry in the US. Production in the US. Anatomy and Physiology. Management of Goats. Summary. Review Exercises.
9. The Horse Industry.
Classification. Mules . Anatomy of the Horse. Raising Horses. Summary. Review Exercises .
10. The Aquaculture Industry.
Fish Production. Sport Fishing. Bullfrogs. Crayfish. Alligator Farming. Summary. Review Exercises.
11. The Small Animal Industry.
The History of Pets. Dogs. Cats. Exotic Animals as Pets. Reptiles. Health Benefits. Service Animals. Pet Food. Animal Health. Summary. Review Exercises.
21. Alternative Animal Agriculture.
Rabbit Production. Llama Production. Fish Bait Production. Large Game Animals. Laboratory Animal Production. Producing Natural and Certified Animal Products. Hunting Preserves. Summary. Review Exercises.
13. The Honey Bee Industry.
The Importance of Honeybees. Bees as Social Insects. Commercial Honey Production. Breeding Bees. Producing New Queens. Diseases and Parasites. Summary. Review Exercises .
14. Animal Behavior
Social Behavior. Sexual and Reproductive Behavior. Ingestive Behavior. Animal Communication. Summary. Review Exercises.
15. Animal Cells: The Building Blocks.
The Importance of Cells. Cell Reproduction. Animal Stem Cells. Summary. Review Exercises.
16. Animal Genetics .
Gene Transfer. The Determination of the Animal’s Sex. Using Genetics in the Selection Process. Performance Data. Summary. Review Exercises.
17. The Scientific Selection of Agricultural Animals.
The Selection of Swine. Selecting Breeding Hogs. Selecting Market Beef Animals. Selecting Breeding Cattle. The Selection of Sheep. Selection of Commercial or Western Ewes. Selecting Breeding Ewes. Selecting Rams. Judging Market Lambs. Summary. Review Exercises.
18. The Reproduction Process.
Reproduction in Animals. The Male Reproductive System. The Female Reproductive System. Fertilization . Artificial Insemination. Embryo Transfer. Summary. Review Exercises.
19. Cloning Animals.
Introduction. Reasons for Cloning. The Development of the Cloning Process. Perfecting the Process. Differences in Clones . Summary. Review Exercises.
20. Animal Growth and Development.
Prenatal Growth. The Effects of Hormones on Growth. The Aging Process in Animals. Summary. Review Exercises.
21. Animal Nutrition.
Water. Protein. Carbohydrates. Fat. Minerals. Vitamins. The Digestion Process. Summary. Review Exercises.
22. Meat Science.
The Meat Industry. The Slaughter Process. Grading. The Wholesale Cuts. Factors Affecting Palatability. Preservation and Storage of Meat. Summary. Review Exercises.
23. Parasites of Agricultural Animals.
Internal Parasites. External Parasites. Parasite Control. Summary. Review Exercise.
24. Animal Diseases.
Infectious Diseases. The Immune System. Noninfectious Diseases. Poisoning. Disease Prevention. Summary. Review Exercises.
25. The Issue of Animal Welfare.
Confinement Operations. The Use of Drugs. Management Practices. Research. Summary. Review Exercises.
26. Consumer Concerns.
Country of Origin. Animal Medications . Hormones. Cholesterol. Genetic Engineering. Environmental Concerns. The Overgrazing of Public Lands. Global Warming. Summary. Review Exercises.
27. Careers in Animal Science.
Career Options. Developing Personal and Leadership Skills. Interview Preparation.

What's New

  • Contains information noting the latest advancements in the field of animal science such as cellular biology.
  • NEW chapter on cellular biology.
  • Contains the latest updates on consumer concerns and new government regulations.
  • Includes a new chapter on the goat industry to reflect the increase in the number of goats produced in the US.
  • Contains updated illustrations throughout that better represent information presented in the book.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1435480767 | ISBN-13: 9781435480766)

The Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance your lab experience. Lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions are commonly found in a Lab Manual.

List Price = $129.95  | CengageBrain Price = $129.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $97.50

Classroom Interactivity CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1435480805 | ISBN-13: 9781435480803)

This CD -ROM contains four different “game-show-themed” applications to be run by the instructor. All questions are taken directly from the readings of the text and serve as great tools in reinforcing the main concepts of each unit.

The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach  (ISBN-10: 1401898009 | ISBN-13: 9781401898007)

The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach, third edition helps students bridge the gap between biological concepts and their applications. The text concentrates on the scientific principles, or the "why" behind the industry. Topics such as plant and animal systems, soils, cell functions, genetics, genetic engineering, plant and animal reproduction, entomology, the uses of biotechnology, and careers are covered throughout the text. The text also includes a thorough examination of the controversy and concerns over the use of genetic engineering, genetically modified organisms, cloning, and their perceived and potential dangers to humans and the environment. Each chapter begins with clearly-stated learning objectives, followed by key terminology. Chapters close with student learning activities that extend learning beyond the text material. End-of-chapter test questions in True/False; Short Answer/Discussion; and Multiple Choice formats help to evaluate students' grasp of the concepts presented in the text.

List Price = $230.95  | CengageBrain Price = $230.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $173.25

Student Supplements

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1435480767 | ISBN-13: 9781435480766)

The Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance your lab experience. Lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions are commonly found in a Lab Manual.

List Price = $129.95  | CengageBrain Price = $129.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $97.50

Classroom Interactivity CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1435480805 | ISBN-13: 9781435480803)

This CD-ROM contains four different “game-show-themed” applications. All questions are taken directly from the readings of the text and serve as great tools in reinforcing the main concepts of each unit.

List Price = $117.95  | CengageBrain Price = $117.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $87.25

The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach  (ISBN-10: 1401898009 | ISBN-13: 9781401898007)

This text focuses on the scientific principles of the agricultural industry. Designed for use in high school agriscience courses, the aim of the text is to provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts behind the agricultural industry. Traditionally, high school agriculture texts have concentrated on the "how" behind the industry. The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach, third Edition concentrates more on the "why" behind the industry. Topics include plant and animal systems, soils, cell functions, genetics, genetic engineering, plant and animal reproduction, entomology, the uses of biotechnology, and careers. The text also includes a thorough examination of the controversy and concerns over the use of genetic engineering, genetically modified organisms, cloning, and their perceived and potential dangers to humans and the environment. Each chapter begins with clearly-stated learning objectives, followed by key terminology. Chapters close with student learning activities intended to extend learning beyond the text material. end-of-Chapter test questions, in True/False; Short Answer/Discussion; and Multiple Choice formats help to evaluate students' understanding of the concepts presented in the text.

List Price = $230.95  | CengageBrain Price = $230.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $173.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ray V. Herren

Ray V. Herren has been actively involved in agriculture for most of his life. He grew up on a diversified farm, where he played a major role in the production of livestock. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from Auburn University, a master's degree in agribusiness education from Alabama A & M, and a doctorate in vocational education (with an emphasis in agricultural education) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Herren has taught at Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, and the University of Georgia in Athens, where he recently retired as head of the Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication. In addition to being a national leader in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni organization, he has served on numerous committees from the local to international level, including a national task force to develop FFA programs for middle school and the National Committee for Career Development Events. His prolific scholarly activity includes 26 journal articles, 51 invited or refereed presentations, and 12 books and manuals. He has also earned several awards for his commitment to service, as well as UGA's prestigious College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award.