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Boeken – Marleen Felius

On the breeds of Cattle

How to conserve the diversity of our livestock?  In an attempt to find answers this book looks at one of the world’s most important types of livestock: cattle.
Against the background of a growing demand for animal protein there is a tendency to focus on a few highly productive breeds, such as the black-pied Holstein-Friesian dairy cattle and the Angus beef cattle.  


A monumental effort of 25 years research by Marleen Felius, Dutch author and illustrator, has produced a “tour de force”—a book of enormous value unparalleled in scoe. In 800 pages laden with color photos, watercolor paintings, illustrations, charts and maps, more than 1000 breeds of cattle—dairy, beef and draft animals—are discussed.

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Each breed is classified according to geographical distribution, historical background and physical features.

• Every animal is shown to scale with minute attention to detail.
• Charts indicate breed lineage and records of crossbreeding.
• Maps clearly depict the locations and distribution of authentic breeds as well as crossbreds in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australia.

This fantastic book, a new standard in agricultural resource and reference, educates and entertains. It is the ultimate voyage of discovery.

Dutch author and illustrator Marleen Felius was born in 1948 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A graduate of the Rotterdam College of Arts, she laid the foundation for this book by collecting vast amounts of data through literature study, correspondence, and travel. In addition to this book, her award-winning watercolors have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions. Felius continues to undertake large-scale projects as well as illustrating several Dutch farming magazines.


Publicaties: Boeken

Felius, M., Genus Bos; Cattle Breeds of the World (New Jersey, USA, 1985).
Fokkinga, A.; Felius, M., Cameron, A. Het Koeboek Educaboek, Culemborg, 1985, EPN, Houten, 1999.
Felius, M., Cattle breeds, an Encyclopedia (Misset, Doetinchem 1995).
Felius, M., Rundvee – rassen van de wereld (Misset, Doetinchem 1995).
Fokkinga, A. & Felius, M, Een Land Vol Vee (Misset, Doetinchem 1995).
Fokkinga, A., Felius, M. Het Varken (Thoth, Bussum, 1997).
Felius, M., Gids Rundveerassen van de wereld (Thoth, Doetinchem – Bussum 2000).
Felius, M. & Fokkinga, A, De Koe (Thoth, Bussum 2001).
Felius, M., bijdragen aan: Vorstelijk Vee (Thoth, Bussum 2002).
Felius, M., 333 Vaches en Europe (Éditions Castor & Pollux, Buxières-les-Villiers, France, 2004).
Felius, M., O Zebu do Brasil, uma história de arte (Lagoa da Serra, Sertãozinho, São Paulo, Brasil, 2004).
Felius, M. & Dumon Tak, B., Rundreis om de Wereld (Van Goor Unieboek, Houten 2005).
Felius, M., K.nl (Roodbont / Tirion, Doetinchem 2008).
Fokkinga, A. & M. Felius, Koeien (Thoth, Bussum 2010).

In voorbereiding:

Felius, M. & Lenstra, J.A. World Atlas of Cattle

Artikelen en bijdragen

Felius, M., De koe heeft al sinds eeuwen het Nederlandse landschap gesierd, Veeteelt (1989) januari, 52-53
Felius, M., M’Bororo: koeien als krijgers, Veeteelt (2001) december, 62-63.
Felius, M., Introductie van het Glanrund in Nederland, Zeldzaam Huisdier 12 (2002).
Felius, M. De grenzeloze blaarkop. in: Ten Hoor, P. et al., De Groninger Blaarkop Kleine Uil, 2002.
Felius, M. Schoone koeijen. in: Erkelens, W. et al., Vorstelijk Vee THOTH, Bussum, 2002.
Felius, M., Mythen rond de Maasai, Veeteelt (2005) december, 45-56.
Felius, M., Little Yellow Jacket, slimme stier, Veeteelt (2007) september, 36-38.
Felius, M., Miniature Herefords, Vleesvee (2007) september, 22-23.
Felius, M., Van stalmeiden tot “showgirls”, Veeteelt (2009) april, 46-49.

Wetenschappelijke publicaties

Laloë, D., Moazami-Goudarzi, K., Lenstra, J.A., Ajmone Marsan, P., Azor, P. Rodero, E., Baumung, R., Bradley, D.G., Bruford, M.W., Canon, J., Dolf, G., Dunner, S., Erhardt, G., Hewitt, G., Kantanen, J., Obexer-Ruff, G., Olsaker, I., Rodellar, C., Valentini, A, Wiener, P., European Cattle Genetic Diversity Consortium & Econogene Consortium (2010). Spatial trends of domestic ruminants in Europa. Diversity 2, 932-945 [MF in Consortium].
Edwards, C.J., Ginja, C., Kantanen, J., L. Pérez-Pardal, Tresset, A., Stock, F., European Cattle Genetic Diversity Consortium, L.T. Gama, Penedo, M.C., Bradley, D.G., Lenstra, J.A. & Nijman, I.J. (2011) Dual origins of dairy cattle farming – evidence from a comprehensive survey of European Y-chromosomal variation. PLoS ONE 6, e15922. [M F in Consortium].
Felius, M., Koolmees, P.A., Theunissen, B., European Cattle Genetic Diversity Consortium & Lenstra, J.A. (2011) On the breeds of cattle – historic and current classifications. Diversity 3, 660-692.
Lenstra, J.A., Ajmone-Marsan, P., Beja-Pereira, A., Bollongino, R., Bradley, D.G., Colli, L., De Gaetano, A., Edwards, C.J., Felius, M., Ferretti, L., Ginja, C., Hristov, P., Kantanen, J., Lirón, J.P., Magee, D.A., Negrini, R. & Radoslavov, G.A. (2014) Meta-analysis of mitochondrial DNA reveals several population bottlenecks during worldwide migrations of cattle. Diversity 6, 178-187.
Felius, M., Theunissen, B. & Lenstra, J.A. On the conservation of cattle genetic resources – the role of breeds (2014) J. Agricult. Sci., in press.
Lenstra,J.A. & Felius, M. (2014) Domestication and history of cattle. Chapter 2 in The Genetics of Cattle (D. Garrick & A. Ruvinsky, eds.), CABI, Wallingford, in press.
Lenstra, J.A., Theunissen, B. & Felius, M. (2014). Domestic cattle and buffaloes. Chapter 6 in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour of Wild Cattle: Implications for Conservation (M. Melletti (Ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 30-38.
Felius, M., Beerling, M.L., Buchanan, D.S., Theunissen, B., Koolmees, P.A. & Lenstra, J.A. (2014) On the history of cattle genetic resources. Diversity 6, 705-750.

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