Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, Second Edition
The continuing domestication of animals is a complex process whose myriad impacts on animal behavior are commonly under-appreciated. Genetic factors play a significant role in both species-specific behaviors and behavioral differences exhibited by individuals in the same species. Leading authorities explore the impact of increased intensities of selection on domestic animal behavior. Rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry are all included in these discussions of genetics and behavior, making this book useful to veterinarians, livestock producers, laboratory animal researchers and technicians, animal trainers and breeders, and any researcher interested in animal behavior.
C. -August 20, 2017
Humane Livestock Handling
Amazing read that puts basic cattle and livestock behavior and psychology into words! Even if you are never going to care for or own cattle or any livestock, the first few chapters of this book are amazing in explaining cattle breed and temperment and makes you self-aware about how your posture and gestures can drive cattle in certain directions or allow you to gain their trust. This book has many illustrations and gives diagrams about how to build corrals and handling chutes that are humane and cause less stress and increase safety for the animals and handlers. Plans on building are included in detail! Use this book to build a handling facility for your livestock, or improve upon an existing one, of if you’re just working in a job that involves rounding up livestock into pens– reading this book is a must!
Ken M. -April 12, 2023
Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals
As a small private horse breeder, I found this book to be a trove of information regarding the state of the science on the behavior of horses and other domestic animals. I am referring other breeders to this volume. Too often, horse breeding focuses on physical or performance traits, but temperament (which is also genetically mediated) has enormous impacts on trainability or aptitude for specific disciplines. In addition, the information on foal rearing (and the potential negative consequences of invasive early “imprinting” of foals) is extremely valuable. This should be a must read for all horse breeders and trainers.