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CTA. 1997. Tropical cattle. Spore 72. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Tropical cattle: origins, breeds and breeding policies by W J A Payne and J Hodges 1997 336pp ISBN 0 632 04048 3 price UKL60.00 Blackwell Science, 108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JF, UK
This book consists of three distinct, but closely related, parts. The first is an account of the origin and distribution of cattle through the tropical and sub-tropical world, citing contemporary evidence from anthropological, archaeological, historical, linguistic, livestock husbandry and genetic studies. It is a first, and therefore controversial, attempt to provide a comprehensive overview as to the origin of the very large number of tropical cattle breeds. In the second part, an attempt is made to classify and describe all major tropical and sub-tropical breeds in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. The primary purpose of classification is to facilitate conservation of all these breeds and to provide basic information for the selection of those breeds most suitable for inclusion in breeding projects. Requirements for future breeding strategies and policies are discussed in the third part of the book, together with the role that biotechnology could play in future tropical cattle breeding plans. The book will be of interest to those interested in, or involved with, farming, livestock husbandry, veterinary science, anthropology, archaeology and economic history. Tropical cattle: origins, breeds and breeding policies by W J A Payne and J Hodges 1997 336pp ISBN 0 632 04048 3 price UKL60.00 Blackwell Science, 108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JF, UK