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Reproduction in Cattle, 3rd Edition

Reproduction in Cattle, 3rd Edition

Peter J. H. Ball, Andy R. Peters

ISBN: 978-0-470-75109-1 November 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages


Cattle play a fundamental role in animal agriculture throughout the world. They not only provide us with a vital food source, but they also provide us with fertilizer and fuel. Keeping reproduction levels at an optimum level is therefore essential, but this is often a complicated process, especially with modern, high yielding cows.

Written in a practical and user-friendly style, this book aims to help the reader understand cattle reproduction by explaining the underlying physiology of the reproductive process and the role and importance of pharmacology and technology, and showing how management techniques can improve reproductive efficiency.

This edition includes:

  • Recent research findings on the physiology of the oestrous cycle and its control;
  • New techniques for monitoring and manipulating reproduction, including pregnancy diagnosis and embryo transfer;
  • Advice on identifying common infertility problems and how to prevent and treat them.

Reproduction Cattle 3e is essential reading for veterinary and agricultural students, as well as veterinarians and farmers involved in cattle reproduction.


1. Reproductive Efficiency in Cattle Production.

2. Anatomy.

3. Bull Fertility.

4. The Ovarian Cycle.

5. Fertilization, Conception and Pregnancy.

6. Parturition and Lactation.

7. The Postpartum Period.

8. Oestrous Behaviour and Its Detection.

9. Artificial Control of the Oestrous Cycle.

10. Artificial Insemination.

11. Pregnancy Diagnosis.

12. Reproductive Problems.

13. Reproductive Biotechnologies.

14. Reproductive Management.

15. Selection for Breeding.


  • Provides an excellent overview of cattle reproduction;

  • Includes information on the recent outbreaks of BSE and Foot and Mouth Disease, and details exciting developments in artificial insemination, new techniques for embryo transfer and improved selection indices in breeding;

  • Shows how physiology, pharmacology, technology, management and genetics of reproduction can be used to maximise reproductive performance in cattle.