The goal of the animal breeder is to improve the performance by his favorite species for those traits that in appropriate combination result in maximum productivity of products of importance and value to man. Modern agriculture also requires that the procedures employed be the most efficient possible in terms of the conversion of feed stuffs to animal products and in The economic production of the vast numbers of animals used to produce those products. 

R. K Cole, F. B Hutt

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 1, Madrid, Spain, 75–83, 1974
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