Advanced animal husbandy

Subject description

The course will cover most aspects of animal production and animal products. It will provide students with depth of knowledge in their focused area of study, which may include:

– the different species and production types of domestic animals and the science that underpins managing animals as farm animals;

– intensive and extensive systems of production appropriate to a range of livestock species;

– techniques associated with exterier and performance evaluation of beef, dairy, poultry, and swine;

–  application of research findings for the improvement of animal welfare;

– the safe and humane production of  products derived from different livestock species;

– factors affecting quality of animal products and consumer attitudes to parameters defining quality of these products;

– quality schemes enabling the protection of products of animal origin;

– genetic/genomic principles and methods to the improvement of livestock and poultry and application of the genomic selection in the national herd.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course is to provide students with more advanced, deep knowledge in areas of  basic animal science disciplines, namely animal breeding, reproduction, feeding, growth and development, health management, housing, handling, and end – product safety and quality. Throughout the course students will have increasing opportunity to explore specific areas of their own interest.

Teaching and learning methods

– lectures;

– consultations;

– seminar work.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

At the end of the module students will be able to:

– Integrate the knowledge and skills required to efficiently manage farm animals in a way that integrates animal welfare with modern and demanding production requirements.

– Recognize the importance of housing system, genetics, physiology, nutrition, health, and other factors that contribute to the efficiency and quality of animal production.

– Think clearly and critically about farm management issues and problems, and make appropriate decisions in a variety of situations.

 – Conduct innovative research that advances scientific knowledge gained in due course.

Basic sources and literature

Aland A., Banhazi T. 2013. Livestock housing: Modern management to ensure optimal health and welfare of farm animals. 496 str. ISBN: 978-90-8686-217-7

Bell, D.D. (ur.), Weaver W. D. (ur.) 2002. Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1365 str. ISBN: 978-1-4613-5251-8

Fasso D. 2017. Animal Husbandry and Biotechnology. 256 str. ISBN: 1632398451

Fisher M. 2018. Animal Welfare Science, Husbandry and Ethics: The Evolving Story of Our Relationship with Farm Animals. 5m Publishing, 320 str. ISBN 1789180082

Fuller M. F., editor. 2004. The encyclopedia of farm animal nutrition. Wallingford : CABI Oublishing is a division of CAB International, 606 str. ISBN : 9780851999500

Mahesh K., Patil R., Bhujbal M. 2017. Animal Husbandry and Dairy Management. A Basic Approach to Livestock Production and Management. Lambert, 88 str. ISBN 3330056118

Mathialagan P. 2020. Textbook of Animal Husbandry Extension Education. CBS Publishers & Distributors, 236 str. ISBN 938890298X

Kellems R. O., Church D. C. 2002. Livestock feeds and feeding. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall. 5 izdaja, 654 str. ISBN : 0130105821

Niman, N. H. 2014. Defending beef : the case for sustainable meat production. White River Junction, Vermont. Chelsea Green Publishing, 274 str. ISBN : 9781603585361

Patience J.F. (ur.). 2012. Feed efficiency in swine. Wageningen Academic Pub, 280 str. ISBN 978-90-8686-202-3.

Pond W. G., Pond K. R. 2000.   Introduction to animal science. New York : Wiley 687 str. ISBN: 0471170941

Snider C. 2016. Dairy Farming. Animal Husbandry and Welfare. Syrawood Publishing, 206 str. ISBN: 1682860418

Webster, J. 2013. Animal husbandry regained : the place of farm animals in sustainable agriculture. New York, NY : Routledge 1. izdaja, 243 str. ISBN: 9781849714204

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