Breeding and management of ruminant and monogastric

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide high-level profile technicians in livestock production and professional skills that fulfill requests of animal production system especially for ruminants and monogastric species.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will demonstrate adequate knowledge and understanding on the fundamental aspects of ruminant and swine animal production. Students will be able to interpret and prctically evaluate acquired knowledge concerning ruminant and monogastric livestock.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Ruminant livestock.
Agricultural sustainability of breeding and farming systems.
Livestock production systems of dairy cows and beef cattle and their significance in the Common Agricultural Policy.
Organic farming for milk and meat production of ruminant species.
Ruminant livestock production in terms food safety and traceability, food quality and ethical concerns.
Traceability issues in bovine meat quality systems.
Technical visits to dairy and beef cattle farms.
Pig farming.
Pig production in the European Union and in the world in relation to the main emerging issues and public concerns.
Management of farrowing and lactation. Towards adopting non-cage system for farrowing.
Management practices of pregnant sows, with special focus on housing.
Housing and management of breeding stock.
Current animal welfare issues and future EU perspectives: alternative to castration and tail docking.
Management issues of different housing systems.
Case studies (group housing, free farrowing system, manipulable materials). Exercise on animal welfare assessment with pictures and video demonstration.
Prerequisites for admission
Particular knowledge are not required.
Teaching methods
Lectures and practical work. Farm visits.
Teaching Resources
The presentations and teaching materials discussed during the course will be available on Ariel platform.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral interview aimed to test knowledge, competences and the correct understanding of contents of the course. Questions posed aimed at verifying the knowledge on the subject, the oral presentation capacity and the critical analysis of content.
Breeding polygastric
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Rearing of monogastric
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Barbieri Sara