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Biology of Breeding Poultry
by Edited by P M Hocking

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This book reviews the biological science and background to breeding meat poultry, specifically broiler, turkey and duck. These commercial birds have been changed by genetic selection to such an extent that they are substantially different from traditional breeds and laying hens. Covering science, management and husbandry systems, this comprehensive text provides the most up to date collection of papers on the topic from a range of international experts.

State of the Art

1. Genetic Progress and Achievements
2. Breeder Husbandry


3. Quantitative Genetics and QTL
4. Potential of Transgenics, ESTs and PGCs
5. Sex Determination

Physiology of Reproduction

6. Endocrinology and Genetics of the HPA Axis
7. Control of Follicular Development
8. Endocrinology of Male Reproduction

Mating Behaviour and Fertility

9. Sperm Competition and Female Fertility
10. Semen Quality and Semen Storage

Incubation and Hatching

11. Broodiness and Broody Control
12. Hatching Egg and Chick Quality

Managing the Environment

13. Photoperiod and Control of Breeding
14. Behaviour in Meat Breeding Birds
15. Ratites and minor Poultry Species

Nutrition of Breeding Birds

16. Feed Restriction
17. Protein and Amino Acid Responses
18. Practical Breeder Nutrition
19. Vitamins, Minerals and Micronutrients

Health and Welfare

20. Vaccination: Theory and Practice
21. Immune Protection of the Hatchling
22. Managing Current Disease Challenges

About the Author

The main objectives of Paul Hocking's research are to understand and provide solutions to unexpected outcomes of genetic selection for production efficiency.

Over a period of 30 years he has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on these and related issues affecting the welfare of broiler and turkey breeding stock. The long term objective of his research is to unravel the genetic control of ovarian function in broiler parents to provide a genetic solution that will lead to a decrease in the extent of feed restriction while maintaining rates of egg production. His group has developed a model for inducing foot pad dermatitis in turkeys that has elucidated the cause, and suggested solutions, to this serious problem.

Dr Hocking is the joint editor of British Poultry Science.



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Additional information

ISBN13: 9781845933753
Format: Hardback
Pages: 480
Language: English
Published: 2009

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