Sándor Kukovics

Széchenyi István University of Sciences

Prof. Dr. Sándor Kukovics spent 40 years in Research Institute for Animal Breeding and Nutrition, Herceghalom, Hungary, being responsible for the small ruminant sector. Besides research work, he has been taking part in under- and further education of various universities. Since 1996, he has worked as the president of the Hungarian Sheep and Goat Dairying Public Utility Association. He has been the executive manager of Sheep and Goat Products’ Board and Inter-Professional Association since 2010. Since 2015, he has been the vice president of the EU Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Sheep and Goats and a board member of the International Goat Association since 2016. As an expert, he has been taking part in the activities of several special groups in the European Union working with small ruminants since 2004.

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Goat science covers quite a wide range and varieties of topics, from genetics and breeding, via nutrition, production systems, reproduction, milk and meat production, animal health and parasitism, etc., up to the effects of goat products on human health. In this book, several parts of them are presented within 18 different chapters. Molecular genetics and genetic improvement of goats are the new approaches of goat development. Several factors affect the passage rate of digesta in goats, but for diet properties, goats are similar to other ruminants. Iodine deficiency in goats could be dangerous. Assisted reproduction techniques have similar importance in goats like in other ruminants. Milk and meat production traits of goats are almost equally important and have significant positive impacts on human health. Many factors affect the health of goats, heat stress being of increasing importance. Production systems could modify all of the abovementioned characteristics of goats.

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