Higher Education

Modern Livestock & Poultry, 7th Edition

  • James R. Gillespie Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Illinois
  • ISBN-10: 1401827373  |  ISBN-13: 9781401827373
  • 936 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1997, 1991
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $178.50
  • Newer Edition Available



Modern Livestock and Poultry Production is the textbook students and instructors turn to for thorough coverage of the animal agriculture industry. For each of the many species discussed in the text, students will find essential information about the breeds, selection of breeding stock, feeding and species management, diseases and parasites common to the species and marketing. Material is derived from the latest research and most current information about animal genetics, breeding, nutrition, biotechnology and product promotion. The text provides complete coverage of such major farm animal enterprises as beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, poultry and dairy cattle. Minor animal enterprises addressed include rabbits, bison, ratites, llamas and alpacas. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the livestock industry, including career opportunities.

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Features and Benefits

  • Student learning activities in each unit give students the chance to enhance their understanding of the material
  • Objectives at the beginning of each unit indicate to the instructor and student the key competencies to be gained from each unit
  • Graphs, color photos and other illustrations help students gain understanding through visual material
  • Tables listing nutrient requirements for livestock and feed composition provide students the data needed for balancing rations and determining feeding practices
  • Instructor's guide, complete with breed association list, lesson plans and objective tests, helps the instructor plan presentations and test what is learned

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Livestock Industry.
Chapter 2: Anatomy, Physiology, Feeding and Nutrition.
Chapter 3: Animal Breeding.
Chapter 4: Beef Cattle.
Chapter 5: Swine.
Chapter 6: Sheep and Goats.
Chapter 7: Horses.
Chapter 8: Poultry.
Chapter 9: Dairy.
Chapter 10: Rabbits.
Chapter 11: Alternative Animals.

What's New

  • Added Student Learning Activity to each unit that relates to planning and conducting a supervised experience program
  • Added On the Job: Employer Expectations, Good Work Habits and Good Citizenship Skills
  • New section on anatomy and physiology of animals
  • Revised current recommendations and regulation for use of feed additives
  • Added discussion of Foot-and-Mouth Disease
  • Added information on hoops housing for swine
  • Updated information on pork promotion


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.

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1401827381 | ISBN-13: 9781401827380)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

James R. Gillespie

James R. Gillespie, the original author of this text, had extensive training and experience in the field of livestock production and agricultural education. He received his BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University and his Education Specialist degree in School Administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Mr. Gillespie taught agricultural education at the high school and adult education levels. In addition to other agriculture-related positions, he was self-employed in farming and employed by the Illinois State Board of Education, Department of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education, Program Approval and Evaluation as Regional Vocational Administrator, Region II. Mr. Gillespie was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. James R. Gillespie passed away in 2006.