Microlivestock: Little-Known Small Animals with a Promising Economic Future
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Microlivestock is a term coined for species that are inherently small as well as for breeds of cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs that are less than about half the size of the most common breeds. These miniature animals are seldom considered in the broad picture of livestock development, but they seem to have a promising future, especially in developing nations or wherever land is scarce.

This book raises awareness of the potential of these small species, including microcattle, microsheep, various poultry, rabbits, rodents, deer, antelope, and lizards. It also strives to stimulate their introduction into animal research and economic development programs.


  • Agriculture — Crop and Plant Production

Publication Info

472 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-04295-6

Table of Contents

skim chapter
Front Matter i-xx
Introduction 1-14
Part I Microbreeds 15-16
1 Microcattle 17-32
2 Microgoats 33-46
3 Microsheep 47-62
4 Micropigs 63-72
Part II Poultry 73-78
5 Chicken 79-90
6 Ducks 91-100
7 Geese 101-114
8 Guinea Fowl 115-124
9 Muscovy 125-136
10 Pigeon 137-146
11 Quail 147-156
12 Turkey 157-166
13 Potential New Poultry 167-178
Part III Rabbits 179-182
14 Domestic Rabbits 183-192
Part IV Rodents 193-198
15 Agouti 199-206
16 Capybara 207-216
17 Coypu 217-224
18 Giant Rat 225-232
19 Grasscutter 233-240
20 Guinea Pig 241-250
21 Hutia 251-256
22 Mara 257-262
23 Paca 263-270
24 Vizcacha 271-276
25 Other Rodents 277-284
Part V Deer and Antelope 285-290
26 Mouse Deer 291-298
27 Muntjac 299-306
28 Musk Deer 307-314
29 South America 315-320
30 Water Deer 321-326
31 Duikers 327-336
32 Other Small Antelope 337-342
Part VI Lizards 343-346
33 Green Iguana 347-354
34 Black Iguana 355-360
Part VII Others 361-362
35 Bees 363-371
Appendix A: Selected Readings 371-392
Appendix B: Research Contacts 393-426
Appendix C: Biographical Sketches of Panel Members 427-436
Index of Species 437-449
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National Research Council. Microlivestock: Little-Known Small Animals with a Promising Economic Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1991.

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