Sustainable animal husbandry

A.Y. 2017/2018
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to clarify the role of livestock systems in the
context of agricultural systems and to investigate aspects of the
sustainability of livestock activities in terms of pollution,
production, product quality and animal welfare. It will also provide
the skills and tools for the evaluation of resources and critical
factors of modern farming systems.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will acquire the knowledge to monitor and improve
the modern livestock systems, thanks to the study of the
parameters of sustainability and the most current research
methods in the field.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The aim of the course is to deepen the relationship between
animal husbandry and environmental protection, food safety and
animal welfare. Main topics:
- Livestock farming in Italy and in the rest of the world;
- Livestock farming and environment: excretions, emissions and
non renewable sesources consumption; regulations, evaluation
and mitigation strategies; evaluation of environmental impact
through Life Cycle Assessment.
- Food safety: main risks associated to animal origin food;
regulations and strategies to reduce the risks
- Animal Welfare: stress factors and methods for the evaluation;
regulations concerning animal husbandry, transportation and
- Organic livestock farming: general principles and regulations
- Elements of mountain livestock farming
Teaching methods
Appunti delle lezioni
Materiale disponibile sul sito ARIEL (Zootecnia sostenibile)
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Field activity: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
On appointment
Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Ambientali, sez. Zootecnia
by appointment
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Via Celoria 2