1st Edition

Sustainable Winter Fodder Production, Challenges, and Prospects

Edited By Imran ul Haq, Siddra Ijaz Copyright 2022
    448 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    448 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Forage crops are an essential component of livestock’s diet. Production and availability of sufficiently good quality forage under diverse ecological dynamics are fundamental to develop an efficient and productive livestock industry.

    Growers worldwide, especially in developing and underdeveloped countries, face significant challenges in producing sufficient winter fodder. The livestock population is increasing at high rates, and its feed requirement is increasing accordingly. Fodder crops are the leading and cheapest source of feed for livestock; however, the shortage of fodder production is the primary limiting factor for livestock production. This book features an extensive overview of literature providing information on winter fodders used in livestock management.

    Key features

    • Discusses breeding strategies of winter fodders through conventional approaches and biotechnology.
    • Highlights production, agronomy, and bioecology of winter fodder crops.
    • Provides comprehensive information on the ecological dynamics of winter fodders.
    • Describes the use of precision agriculture for mitigating the effect of climate change on winter fodders.
    • Relays challenges of winter fodder crops on account of microbes, toxins, pests, and diseases.

    This book is written for researchers and practitioners in agronomy, biotechnology, bioecology and is a comprehensive guide for improving winter fodder production.

    Part 1: Production technologies of winter fodders

    1. Conventional Breeding Strategies and Programs for Winter Fodders

    Siddra Ijaz, Ali Hassan Khan, and Muhammad Kaleem Sarwar

    2. Bioecology and Agronomy of Winter Fodder Crops

    Imran Khan et al.

    3. Biotechnological Applications for Developing Resistance Against Biotic and Abiotic Stresses and Other Quality Traits in Fodder Crops

    Siddra Ijaz et al.

    Part 2: Ecological Dynamics and Winter Fodders

    4. Medicago sativa: Diseases, Etiology, and Management 

    Nabeeha Aslam Khan et al.

    5. Trifolium Species: Diseases, Etiology, and Management

    Anjum Faraz et al.

    6. Etiology and management of economically significant diseases of Avena sativa

    Qaiser Shakeel et al.

    7. Hordeum vulgare: Diseases, Etiology, and Management

    Rana Muhammad Sabir Tariq et al.

    8. Rapeseed and Mustard: Diseases, Etiology, and Management 

    Muhammad Zunair Latif et al.

    9. Impact of Environmental and Edaphic Factors on Winter Fodders and Remedies

    Zaffar Malik et al.

    10. Application of Precision Agriculture: Mitigating the effect of Climate Change on Winter Fodders

    Muhammad Kaleem Sarwar et al.

    Part 3: Challenges of winter fodder crops

    11. Winter Fodder: Opportunities and Challenges in Livestock

    Saima Naveed, Usman Ali et al.

    12. Microbial determinants in silage rotting: a challenge in winter fodders

    Imran Ul Haq, M. Kaleem Sarwar and Zia Mohyuddin

    13. Impact of pests on winter fodder preservation

    Asadullah Azam and Sakhidad Saleem

    14. Toxins of Preserved Fodders: A Threat to Livestock

    Asad Manzoor et al.

    15. Quality Seed Production of Winter Fodder Crops

    Imran Khan et al.


    Dr. Imran Ul Haq is Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. He has established Fungal Molecular Biology Laboratory Culture Collection (FMB-CC-UAF), and is an affiliated member of the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC).

    Dr. Siddra Ijaz is Assistant Professor in the Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology (CABB), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.