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Animal husbandry !


Animal husbandry is the agricultural practice of breeding and raising livestock .

Animal husbandry has been practiced for thousands of years, since the first domestication of animals . Animal herding professions specialized in the 19th century to include the cowboys of the United States and Canada, charros and vaqueros of Mexico, gauchos and huasos of South America, and the farmers and stockmen of Australia.
In more modern times herds are tended on horses, all-terrain vehicles , motorbikes , four-wheel drive vehicles, and helicopters , depending on the terrain and livestock concerned. Today, herd managers often overseethousands of animals and many staff. Farms, stations and ranches may employ breeders, herd health specialists, feeders, and milkers to help care for the animals.


Techniques such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer arefrequently used today, not only as methods to guarantee that females breed regularly but also to help improve herd genetics. This may be done by transplanting embryos from high-quality females intolower-quality surrogate mothers - freeing up thehigher-quality mother to be reimpregnated. This practice vastly increasesthe number of offspring which may be produced by a small selection of the best quality parent animals. On the one hand, this improves the ability of the animals to convert feed to meat, milk, or fibre more efficiently, and improve the quality of the final product. On the other, it decreases genetic diversity , increasing the severity of disease outbreaks among other risks.

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