Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction to poultry management. 2. Alternative poultry production systems. 3. Careers in the poultry industry. 4. Ducks and poultry. 5. Evolution of the bird. 6. General tips for small scale poultry production. 7. Phesant production. 8. Principles of poultry husbandry. 9. Diseases and vaccination. 10. Avian influenza. 11. Anatomical and physiological terms. 12. Poultry industry in India. 13. Forestry and milk consumption. 14. Cattle domestication. Index.
The world's industry makes a significant contribution to the supply of dietary animal protein in both industrial and developing countries.
The structure of India's poultry industry varies from region to region. While Independent and relatively small-scale producers account for the bulk of production, integrated large scale producers do account for a growing share of output in some regions. Integrators include large regional firms that incorporate all aspects of production, including the raising of grandparent and parent flocks, rearing DOCs, contracting feed, providing veterinary services and whole selling.
Although the world's poultry industry has recorded unprecedented expansion during the past two decades, constraints associated with overproduction, environmental pollution and restraints to international trade are influencing the rate of expansion in various regions.
The major factors influencing the poultry industry are climate, availability and cost of land, capital and labour, proximity to markets, competitive efficiency of integrators, consumer satisfaction through safety, quality and flock welfare, environmental acceptability of large operations and successful implementation of international trade and above all, the price of feed ingredients determine the profitability of poultry production.