The objective of this workshop is to review recent information in the field of genetic improvement of different animal fibres and furs.
The topic is so wide and complex and includes so many different animal species and production systems that it is not possible to cover it comprehensively within the limits of the session.
In this introductory paper we describe some aspects of the world production and improvement of animal fibres, to provide a general framework as a contribution to a better understanding of the whole session. The excellent review by Dr Borsting on fur breeding excuses us from making any further comments on that field.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XV. Beef cattle, sheep and pig genetics and breeding, fibre, fur and meat quality., , 145–148, 1990
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