Textbook of Animal Husbandry

Manoj Kumar Rai, Oxford Book Company, 2012, viii, 264 p, tables, ISBN : 9789350300657, $85.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Textbook of Animal HusbandryContents: Preface. 1. Cow management. 2. Buffalo farm management. 3. Sheep farm management. 4. Beekeeping management. 5. Piggery management. 6. Aquaculture. 7. Value added products from fish. 8. Shrimp farm management. 9. Integrated livestock -- fish farming 10. Oyster management. 11. Policies and schemes of farms. 12. Landless livestock farming. 13. Technologies for livestock production. 14. Impact of animal husbandry co-operatives. Bibliography. Index.

A large number of farmers in India depend on animal husbandry for their livelihood. In addition to supplying milk, meat, eggs and hides, animals, mainly bullocks are the major source of power for both farmers and drayers. Thus, animal husbandry plays an important role in the rural economy. India has 30 per cent of the world’s cattle. There are 26 distinctive breeds of cow in India. The hump, long ears and bushy tail distinguish the Indian cow. Here cows are everywhere! Because the cow is respected as a sacred animal, it is allowed to roam unharmed, and they are pretty used to the traffic and the rhythm of the city. So, you can see them roaming the streets in towns and cities, grazing unmindfully on the roadside grass verges and munching away verges thrown out by street sellers. Stray and homeless cows are also supported by temples, especially in Southern India.

This book contains the fundamental and basic information of the subject and the selection of contents makes it an appropriate book for the students.
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