The Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition Free PDF Download. An encyclopedia should properly encompass the totality of human knowledge, or at least of some particular sector of it.
The Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition Free PDF Download
Not so many years ago it would have been possible to contain all that was known of animal nutrition in a book the size of this, for the science of nutrition is young, but such has been the pace of its growth that that is no longer possible. The nutrition of farm animals is a complex subject, reaching into biochemistry, physiology, pathology, veterinary medicine, animal husbandry and agriculture and even, as evidenced in the following pages, beyond those disciplines. The subject matter of farm animal nutrition is covered in a large number of textbooks – most are referred to in the entries of this encyclopedia – but their arrangement does not lend itself to the rapid recovery of speciﬁc pieces of factual information and it was with that object in view that this encyclopedia was devised and written. Its aims are completeness, accuracy, succinctness and ease of access.
The aim of completeness – to include as much factual information as possible – was addressed by embracing all the ramiﬁcations of nutrition just mentioned. Yet, no doubt there are omissions. To achieve a high degree of accuracy authors were chosen for their expertise in specialized areas of nutrition. But mistakes there surely are and for those that I have failed to spot I would plead, as that pioneer lexicographer Dr Johnson famously pleaded, when asked by a lady why he had deﬁned ‘pastern’ as ‘the knee of a horse’, ‘Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance’.
To encompass the whole of farm animal nutrition in this space obviously requires succinct-ness and all the contributors were enjoined to be as brief as possible – though some found it harder than others. Finally, ease of access is ensured by the alphabetical arrangement of the entries and the system of cross-references. There is more on this in the note that follows.
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