Livestock husbandry is a vital component of National
economic framework and is pivotal to livelihood and nutritional security across
all sections of the society. Pre-meditated and strategic expansion approaches
in livestock production system would therefore pay rich dividend not only in
terms of poverty alleviation but would contribute to the burgeoning demand of
food security. While these projections offer major prospects for livestock
production, the emerging concern for environmental deterioration and food
safety linked to intensive livestock production are key issues of apprehension.
These factors involve different dimension in relatively fragile ecosystem of
hills and thus needs special emphasis and consideration. This
compilation focuses on latest updates on livestock health and production science
with emphasis to hilly areas. It will help the Livestock and Veterinary
Sciences students, teachers, researchers, policy makers and extension workers
in understanding the issues involved and technological advances that can help
in adapting livestock husbandry in these areas to the challenges of ever-increasing
demand of animal products and newer food safety regulations. ...