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Title Managing the prenatal environment to enhance livestock productivity / [edited by] Paul L. Greenwood [and others]
Published Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 298 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Part I: Quantifying the magnitude of prenatal effects on productivity: 1. Postnatal consequences of the maternal environment and of growth during prenatal life for productivity of ruminants -- 2. Quantification of prenatal effects on productivity in pigs -- 3. Managing prenatal development of broiler chickens to improve productivity and thermotolerance -- Part II: Mechanistic basis of postnatal consequences of fetal development: 4. Biological mechanisms of fetal development relating to postnatal growth, efficiency and carcass characteristics in ruminants
Summary Prenatal life is the period of maximal development in animals, and it is well recognised that factors that alter development can have profound effects on the embryonic, fetal and postnatal animal. Scientists involved in research on livestock productivity have for decades studied postnatal consequences of fetal development on productivity. Recently, however, there has been a surge in interest in how to manage prenatal development to enhance livestock health and productivity. This has occurred largely due to the studies that show human health in later life can be influenced by events during pren
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Livestock -- Breeding.
Livestock productivity.
Prenatal influences.
Livestock -- Fetuses.
Form Electronic book
Author Greenwood, Paul L.
LC no. 2009938200
ISBN 9789048131358