The course aims at providing students with knowledge on the rearing techniques of the different animal species (dairy and beef cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep, goats, equines) underlining some of the effects of the farming systems on livestock production, the quality of products of animal origin, the environment, and animal welfare.
Expected learning outcomes
Once passed the final exam, the student will have acquired skills and tools to properly evaluate the techniques of the different animal production systems in view of a more comprehensive study and training during the master degree and of the professional activity in favor of the livestock farm.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Main livestock productions (4 CFU): - Statistics and economics: animal production in Italy; livestock statistics; animal food production and consumption - Cattle milk production: dairy cattle breeds; milk composition and properties; factors affecting milk yield and composition; lactation physiology; milking techniques; dairy herd management and feeding; reproduction and fertility; calf and heifer rearing. - Beef cattle production: beef cattle breeds; meat composition and structure; growth and development of meat animals; factors affecting meat production and quality; carcass evaluation; main beef cattle categories (veal calves, heifers, bulls); beef cattle management and feeding; cow-calf production systems - Swine production: swine breeds; sow reproduction; sow management and feeding; rearing replacement females; rearing and finishing techniques of light and heavy pigs. Minor livestock species (3 CFU): - Poultry production: broiler production; egg production - Sheep, goat and buffalo production: main breeds; production of milk, meat, fiber; reproduction; feeding - Notes on equine rearing
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry, biology, animal genetics, anatomy and physiology of domestic animals
Traditional lessons with student involvement; educational visits at livestock farms to verify in the field the information and the knowledge gained in classroom.
Notes from the lessons and documents online on the course web site on ARIEL
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination The evaluation criteria are based on the adherence to the question, on the ability to identify the most important aspects of the topic, on the correctness of the technical language The mark is expressed in thirtieths