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Sustainable Goat Production in Adverse Environments: Volume I

Welfare, Health and Breeding

  • João Simões
  • Carlos Gutiérrez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Sustainability and Socio-economic Aspects in Goat Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Dehouegnon Jerry Agossou, Nazan Koluman (Darcan)
      Pages 15-29
    3. Ufuk Gültekin, Osman Torun, Nazan Koluman (Darcan)
      Pages 59-68
  3. Reproductive Strategies and Genetic Improvement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Alejo Menchaca, Rodolfo Ungerfeld
      Pages 71-88
    3. José A. Delgadillo, Philippe Chemineau, Matthieu Keller
      Pages 89-99
    4. Maria N. Ribeiro, Laura Leandro da Rocha, Francisco F. Ramos de Carvalho, Roberto G. Costa, Janaína K. Gomes Arandas, Neila L. Ribeiro
      Pages 101-110
    5. Nuno Carolino, António Vicente, Inês Carolino
      Pages 111-134
  4. Goat Nutrition, Nutritional Disorders and Meat Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Eduarda Molina-Alcaide, Manuel Romero-Huelva
      Pages 137-154
    3. Duarte Marques, Marco Fachada, Hélder Viana
      Pages 155-175
    4. João Simões, Carlos Gutiérrez
      Pages 177-194
  5. Health Management and Public Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Athanasios I. Gelasakis, Georgios E. Valergakis, Georgios Arsenos
      Pages 223-246
    3. Hélder Quintas, Isabel Pires, Justina Prada, Maria da Conceição Fontes, Ana Cláudia Coelho
      Pages 247-266

About this book


This book explores the current trends and challenges of sustainable goat meat and milk production in different global contexts, providing valuable insights into this industry in adverse environments like mountain, semiarid and arid regions. It also includes contributions from international experts discussing goat reproduction, genetic diversity and improvement, as well topics such as animal health, welfare, socioeconomic aspects, and many other issues regarding the environmentally friendly and economically viable exploitation of goats. 

This is a highly informative book providing scientific insight for readers with an interest in sustainable agriculture and socio-economic aspects, as well as goat breed conservation, genetic diversity, and veterinary care. These subjects are complemented in a second volume providing a detailed description of more than 40 indigenous goat breeds and several ecotypes found in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America.


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

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)