Abstract

I t seems th at a ll work in the past having to do with liv esto ck or breed resources has been la b elled Conservation o f Animal Genetic Resources, Such a la b el probably d erives from the words used by plant breeders and from the o f f ic ia l organization c a lle d the International Bureau o f Plant Genetic Resources, This sim ila r ity o f expression has confused the needs o f animal breeders and adm inistrators a lik e because the conservation o f gen etic m aterial ap p lies m ainly to p lan t g en etics or to the lower forms o f l i f e . The animal breeder’s needs are dynamic and everchanging and depend on large breeding popu la tio n s with sp e c ific production c h a r a c te r istic s, The use o f the term "conservation" fo r liv e sto c k resources im plies the in te r e sts o f those liv esto ck academics who are as much concerned with Parks and Zoos and N on-agricultural breeds as they may be w ith animal agricu ltu re. The term Livestock Resource Management was f ir s t introduced at the Expert C onsultation on Dairy C attle Breeding in the Humid T ropics, Haryana A gricultural U n iversity, H issar, Feb. 12 to 17, 1979, I t was further discussed and developed at the Technical Consu lta tio n on Animal G enetic Resources Conservation and Management, FAO, Rome, 1980, At the la tte r m eeting 92 countries were represented and emphasized the need to concentrate on the management aspects of liv esto ck resources for agricu ltu ra l purposes,

C. G Hickman

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 6. Round tables, , 129–135, 1982
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