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Animal husbandry plays an increasingly important role throughout the world in the fulfillment of the primary need of mankind: food. The growing demand for food leads to an intensification of the production of livestock and because of the varying climatic conditions in many parts of the world, livestock has to be housed in suitable accommodation during certain times of the year. This book brings together a descriptive as well as a scientific study of all aspects of the housing of all animals; construction of and building materials to be used for the houses and facilities; work organisation and labour requirements in different types of animal houses; the influence of the animal housing types on animal behaviour, animal health and the environment and the cost of building the accommodation. This English-language edition is a new text of the last edition of the book, which was written in Dutch, in 1983. A great deal of recent information of international dimension concerning animal husbandry, construction and equipment of animal houses has been included in this edition.
Chapter 1. Brief History of the Housing of Domestic Animals. 2. The Housing of Domestic Animals in Relation to Modern Farming and Present-Day Society. 3. Some Fundamentals Concerning the Construction of Animal Houses and the Building Materials to be used. Introduction. The fundamentals of stability for agricultural buildings. Thermodynamical fundamentals. Building materials for the construction of animal houses. The practical execution of the construction of animal houses. The prefabrication of animal houses. The ventilation of livestsock buildings. 4. The Housing of Cattle. Generalities. The housing of dairy cattle. The housing of breeding calves and young stock. The littered individual pen. The housing of slaughter cattle. 5. The housing of pigs. Generalities. The construction of pig houses. The layout of the breeding pig house. The organization of the sow farm. The labour organization and the building costs in pig breeding. Zootechnical and veterinary aspects of the housing of breeding pigs. The layout of houses for fattening pigs. Labour-technical and economic aspects of the housing of finishing pigs. Zootechnical and veterinary aspects of the housing of finishing pigs. The housing of wild boars. 6. The Housing of Poultry. Generalities. The housing of layers. The housing of broilers. The housing of turkeys. The housing of layer pullets. The housing of breeding hens. The housing of turkey breeding hens. The housing of guinea fowls. The housing of pheasants. The housing of quails. The housing of table pigeons. The housing of ducks. The housing of geese. 7. The Housing of Horses. Generalities. The construction and equipment of stables. Zootechnical and labour-technical aspects of the housing of horses. The construction and equipment of maneges. 8. The Housing of Sheep. Generalities. The construction and equipment of a sheep house. The milking of ewes. The housing of goats. 9. The Housing of Rabbits. Generalities. The construction and equipment of a rabbitry. 10. The Housing of Furred Animals. Generalities. The housing of minks. The housing of chinchillas. References are included in each chapter.