Socio-economic growth as well as national economy of the country has been significantly backed by the small ruminant sector. Goat and Sheep seem to be the best choice of the livestock component to provide food security to the growing population and well-being of the society. There has been considerable progress in science and technology to understand small ruminant biology and the knowledge in this field need to be transformed into practice for sustainable production.
The book contains 15 chapters covering major aspects of small ruminant production and health. It begins by discussing the role of ‘Nutraceuticals’ in Animal Diseases Management and ends with Ethical and Welfare Issues related to Experimentation on small ruminants to investigate animal diseases; production of medicines and biologicals in veterinary science and drug safety testing in biomedical research. Other chapters consider Reproductive Biotechnology and Adaptive Physiology, Nutrition, Value addition of Meat and Meat products, Nutritional Value of Milk in Human Health, Diseases and their Management and Ethno-Veterinary Approach in Health Management of Small Ruminants. This book aims to review development and indicate different techniques that can be used in research or commercially to optimize small ruminant productivity.
The authors have contributed with their long research experience and it will be unmatched and useful resource material for students, researchers, academicians, stakeholders, policy makers and planners. It will facilitate readers to understand the present status and future strategies for further augmentation of small ruminant production. The present compilation is the views expressed by different experienced researchers and other stakeholders
Dr. A. K. Goel is a research scientist in the area of Reproductive Biotechnology in Small Ruminants (Goat and Sheep) Dr. Goel is currently serving as Principal Scientist (Animal Reproduction) in Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom, Mathura, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. Dr. Goel obtained his graduate degree in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry and Master’s degree in Veterinary Obstetrics & Gynaecology from College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Mathura in the year of 1980 and 1982, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University (Formerly Agra University) Agra in 1998 for his work on ETT in goats.
He has been associated in diversified areas of Research, Teaching, Training and Extension Activities in Small Ruminant Reproduction & Production for 3 decades. His area of work includes, ETT, Parthenogenetic Embryo Production, In-vitro & In-vivo Embryo Production and Transfer, Application of Imaging Techniques in Reproduction, Female Infertility & Transfer of Viable Technologies.
He has published 140 Research Papers, Reviews, Clinical & Technical Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals of National and International repute and presented 95 Research Papers including 20 lead papers in various National & International Scientific gatherings. He has also published 08 Technical Bulletins and 40 Popular Articles. He is the Writer and Editor of 07 Books and Laboratory Manual. Dr. Goel has contributed 43 Book Chapters in many referred Publications on Goat Production and Reproduction and Climate Change. He has provisionally patented one Technology. He has guided 1 doctorate and 6 master’s degrees students. He is also associated as life member of 15 professional/scientific societies, besides serving as vice president of ISSGPU and Assistant Editor of Indian Journal of Small Ruminants.
Dr. M. K. Tripathi is currently working as Senior Scientist (Animal Nutrition) at Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom, Mathura. He obtained his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Animal Nutrition from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar in the year of 1990 and 1999, respectively. He joined Agriculture Research Service (ARS) as a Scientist in 1993, obtained subject matter training at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, thereafter joined Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute at Aviknagar and worked until October 2009. Dr. Tripathi was awarded BOYSCAST Fellowship sponsored by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and did his Post Doctoral research work on “Bio-conversion of glucosinolates into health promoting bio-molecules” at Institute National de le Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France during 2003-04. He also received Endeavour Research Award 2011 by Australian Government for his post Doctoral work on “Meta-genomic analysis to reduce rumen methanogeneisis”.
Animal Nutrition Association of India awarded him Dr. M.S. Rahal Best Research Paper Award 2011-12. He has more than eighteen years research experience in the field of ruminant nutrition with specialization in manipulation of rumen metabolism to improve productivity of animals, improvement of feed quality and rumen microbiology. Dr Tripathi is Associate Editor of Indian Journal of Small Ruminants and Sectional Editor of two International Journals (Medwell) “Research Journal of Dairy Science and Research Journal of Animal Science. Dr. Tripathi has been Vice-President of Animal Nutrition Society of India from 2005-07. He has 38 International and 30 National research publications and two patents in his credit.
Dr. Pramod K. Rout is presently working as Principal Scientist at Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom, Mathura under Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. He is a graduate in Veterinary Science from college of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Bhubaneswar and completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly. His field of specialization is Genetics of Disease Resistance.
Dr. Rout has made outstanding contribution to the areas of Genetics of disease resistance, Genetic diversity of livestock and Conservation of animal genetic resources. He was responsible to establish genetic origin of Indian goats and suggested new insight into the origin of Indian goat breeds and their probable domestication. His work on milk proteome analysis established that Indian goats are carrying better allelic combination for protein yield with respect to European goats. He has also worked in the area of conservation of endangered goats in their natural habitat with active participation of farmers under All India Coordinated Research Project. He has made significant contribution by initiating molecular studies in goat biology. He has been involved in wide range of professional activities such as teaching, guiding doctoral, M.V.Sc. and M.Sc. students and extension works. He has been invited by different national and international organizations to contribute lead papers in different seminars and symposia. He has guided 2 Ph.D. and 14 M.V.Sc. and M.Sc. students. He has published more than 55 research paper and 14 chapters in different books/compendiums.