Improved Animal Husbandry
Etw industry agriculture improved animal husbandry
Prerequisite None
Research Points Needed
Building Needed Peasant Farm
Leads To Selective Breeding
Stream Agriculture, Industry
  • Reduces the chance of food shortages
  • +2% Coin Wealth generated by farms
Improved Animal Husbandry is a Technology in Empire: Total War.


The application of rational, scientific principles to the care and breeding of farm livestock.

Animal husbandry is, of course, a practical skill of every farmer, cowhand, shepherd, pigboy and egg collector on just about every farm in the world. It is, however, a matter of hard-won individual experience and folklore rather than rational, organised study. When gentlemen scholars apply their "scientific methods" of study to animals close to home, an improvement in animal care, health and breeding quality can result, leading in turn to greater yields for the farmers.

Historically, Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1754-1842) was a leading light in this field in Europe. He reorganised his land and home at the family seat, Holkam Hall. His "Holkam Sheerings" were gathering of agriculturalists and gentlemen farmers, who came to admire his flocks and herds - and see new ways of turning a profit. Many now see these as the forerunners of the traditional county and agricultural shows that take place to this day.

General InformationEdit

In addition to adding a small increase in wealth produced by farms, Improved Animal Husbandry is a requirement for the Selective Breeding technology. This is a relatively late-game technology, so it's not imperative to research this technology as soon as possible even if maximum farm development speed is a goal. 

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