The Science of Animal Agriculture, 5th,
5th Edition

Ray V Herren

ISBN-13: 9781337390866
Copyright 2019 | Published
504 pages | List Price: USD $157.95

Presenting up-to-date information in a highly visual, reader-friendly manner, THE SCIENCE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE, Fifth Edition, provides a thorough introduction to basic science concepts involved in the production of agricultural animals. By combining scientific principles with practical applications, this proven resource clearly demonstrates how science and agriculture are integrally related. The text covers biological processes of agricultural animals--including reproduction, growth and development, and animal behavior--as well as concerns associated with production, such as nutrition, disease, and even the latest in animal biotechnology. The author also addresses key issues such as animal welfare, consumer concerns, and environmental considerations, offering students further insights into today’s agricultural industry.


1. Animal Agriculture as Science.
2. The Classification of Agricultural Animals.
3. The Beef Industry.
4. The Dairy Industry.
5. The Swine Industry.
6. The Poultry Industry.
7. The Sheep Industry.
8. The Goat Industry.
9. The Horse Industry.
10. The Aquaculture Industry.
11. The Small Animal Industry.
12. Alternative Animal Agriculture.
13. The Honey Bee Industry.
14. Animal Behavior.
15. Animal Cells: The Building Blocks.
16. Animal Genetics.
17. The Scientific Selection of Agricultural Animals.
18. The Reproduction Process.
19. Cloning Animals.
20. Animal Growth and Development.
21. Animal Nutrition.
22. Meat Science.
23. Parasites of Agricultural Animals.
24. Animal Diseases.
25. The Issue of Animal Welfare.
26. Consumer Concerns.
27. Careers in Animal Science.

  • Ray V Herren

    Ray V. Herren has been actively involved in agriculture for most of his life. He grew up on a diversified farm, where he played a major role in the production of livestock. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from Auburn University, a master's degree in agribusiness education from Alabama A & M, and a Doctorate in Vocational Education (with an emphasis in agricultural education) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Herren has taught at Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, and the University of Georgia in Athens, where he recently retired as head of the Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication. In addition to serving as a national leader in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) alumni organization, he has served on numerous committees from the local to international level, including a national task force to develop FFA programs for middle school and the national committee for career development events. His prolific scholarly activity includes 26 journal articles, 51 invited or refereed presentations, and 12 books and manuals. He has also earned several awards for his commitment to service, as well as UGA's prestigious College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award.

  • The Fifth Edition carefully aligns to current National Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Standards for Animal Systems, correlating material in applicable chapters to knowledge and skills that the National Council for Agricultural Education considers essential to prepare students for success in the industry.

  • The author has added new and updated industry information on key trends and topics, including the latest USDA statistics, scientific advances in classification and breeding, the expansion of poultry production and processing, and the causes of hive collapse in the beekeeping industry.

  • Hundreds of new photos provide a current view of the industry, making it easier to relate chapter content to real-world applications and scenarios students may encounter in their careers.

  • MindTap Agriscience for Herren’s THE SCIENCE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE, Fifth Edition, is an integrated course offering a complete digital experience for the student and teacher. This highly customizable resource combines an enhanced ebook with engaging interactivities, such as auto-graded activities and quizzing, games, PowerPoint® presentations, visual flashcards, video clips, and more.

  • Reader-friendly and organized for easy understanding, this highly accessible text draws clear connections between basic scientific principles and the production of food and fiber.

  • Taking a comprehensive view of the industry, the text explains animal production in each of the agricultural animal sectors--including beef, dairy, swine, poultry, goat, sheep, horse, aquaculture, and honeybee--as well as exploring the importance of small and alternative animals and how they affect the well-being and productivity of our society.

  • Based on decades of classroom and industry experience, the author addresses all major concerns and processes related to the production of agricultural animals, including reproduction, growth and development, nutrition, animal behavior, genetics and scientific selection, parasitic and disease threats, and biotechnology.

  • The text thoughtfully covers important evolving trends in science and industry, helping students gain awareness and insights on key topics such as animal welfare, consumer and environmental concerns, and animal cloning.

  • Students interested in professional opportunities in the agricultural industry can explore potential career paths in a full chapter dedicated to careers in animal science.

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