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Sustainable Goat Production in Adverse Environments: Volume II

Local Goat Breeds

  • João Simões
  • Carlos Gutiérrez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Veerasamy Sejian, Govindan Krishnan, Madiajagan Bagath, Shalini Vaswani, Mallenahally K. Vidya, Joy Aleena et al.
      Pages 9-27
    3. Pramila Umaraw, Akhilesh K. Verma, Pavan Kumar
      Pages 29-40
    4. Yao-jing Yue, Bo-hui Yang, Yong-jun Li, Wei Zhang, Hong-pin Zhang, Jian-min Wang et al.
      Pages 41-54
    5. Masroor E. Babar, Tanveer Hussain
      Pages 55-64
  3. Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Diakaridia Traoré
      Pages 77-90
    3. Saidu O. Oseni, Abdulmojeed Yakubu, Adenike R. Aworetan
      Pages 91-110
  4. Europe and America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Özkan Elmaz, Mustafa Saatcı
      Pages 113-130
    3. Mustafa Saatcı, Özkan Elmaz
      Pages 131-146
    4. Davide De Marzo, Anna C. Jambrenghi, Francesco Nicastro
      Pages 147-163
    5. Davide De Marzo, Francesco Nicastro
      Pages 165-179
    6. Michele Pazzola, Maria Luisa Dettori, Giuseppe Massimo Vacca
      Pages 181-190
    7. Juan Vicente Delgado, Vincenzo Landi, Cecilio José Barba, Javier Fernández, Mayra Mercedes Gómez, María Esperanza Camacho et al.
      Pages 205-219

About this book


This book covers more than 40 indigenous goat breeds and several ecotypes around the globe and describes genotypic and phenotype traits related to species adaptation to harsh environments and climate change. It also addresses sustainable global farming of local goat breeds in different production systems and agro-ecosystems. Discussing three main global regions: Asia, Africa, and Europe, it particularly focuses on adverse environments such as mountain, semiarid and arid regions.

The topic of this highly readable book includes the disciplines of animal physiology, breeding, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and veterinary science, and as such it provides valuable information for academics, practitioners, and general readers with an interest in those fields. 


Indigenous goat breeds Animal sustainable production Adverse environments Genetic biodiversity, conservation and improvement Goat production Infectious diseases Goat welfare Goat conservation

Editors and affiliations

  • João Simões
    • 1
  • Carlos Gutiérrez
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary SciencesUniversity of Trás-os-Montes and Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.Research Institute of Biomedical and Health SciencesUniversity of Las Palmas de Gran CanariaLas Palmas, Canary IslandsSpain

About the editors

João Simões

Born in 1967 in Portugal and son of small farmers, João Simões soon developed an affinity for agriculture and livestock that was to shape his professional life and career. From 1993, as a DVM he mainly worked in large-animal clinics. Simultaneously, he joined the Portuguese academy as a professor at the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. His academic research is focused on goat reproduction, and he obtained his PhD degree in Veterinary Science on the subject in 2004. He has written numerous scientific and technical publications in collaboration with veterinary students, producers and national agricultural associations. He lives with his wife and two small children in the mountain region of northeast Portugal.

Carlos Gutiérrez 

Carlos Gutiérrez received the DVM in 1986, Diploma in Public Health in 1988, PhD in 1995, M.Sc. in 2003, and Diplom ECSRHM in 2013. Currently, he is a professor at the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and Head of the Large Animal Unit, Teaching Veterinary Hospital. He is particularly interested in tropical animal diseases (trypanosomosis in particular), zoonosis and metabolic diseases affecting dairy goats.

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“The book will be very useful for everyone working with goats. ... Definitely, a well-worth addition to an establishment’s library for the benefit of all those working with goats.” (G.C. Fthenakis, Small Ruminant Research, 2018)