About the book
The World now faces the challenge to feed a growing population of already eight billion people, and the demand for animal sources of food (ex: meat, milk) is predicted to double by 2050. Global meat production has increased rapidly over the past 50 years; the global cattle population amounted to about 996.36 million animals in 2018. At the same time, consumers claim on high standards in animal health and welfare. Worldwide, cattle production follows a multiplicity of systems, varying from traditional low-input to sophisticated, high-pressure beef or dairy production systems, under a diversity of climates and environmental conditions, using a variety of animal phenotypes, and diversity of nutritional inputs. Besides, some of the cattle production systems are very technology driven, while others are more holistic and use conservatory practices, often allowing mixed grazing of different species (both domesticated or wild species). This variety and the changes that were introduced in the bovine industry and husbandry drive continuous improvement and innovation in the medical practices worldwide.
The book Bovine Medicine intends to address important issues in core aspects of contemporary cattle health and husbandry, while providing practical and comprehensive information on a multiplicity of cattle-related topics, from cattle production medicine to bovine sustainability practices, modeling of bovine nutrition or the one-health perspective in dairy and mixed grazing systems, just to mention some of the topics. With this book, the editors expect to provide concise, key-reference literature for all interested in Bovine Medicine and particularly to Large Animal practitioners.