Animal husbandry

A.Y. 2020/2021
7
Max ECTS
64
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/19
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
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.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
In the event that the emergency phase due to the covid pandemic continues into the second semester, some details of the course and the exam will change. In particular:
Program: The course program will remain unchanged
Teaching methods - If necessary, lessons will take place mainly remotely in sync on the Teams platform. The lessons will be recorded and made available to the students asynchronously on the Ariel website of the course. If possible, there will be face to face lessons: an introduction to the course and then monthly meetings for discussion and verification of learning level. Participation in these moments in presence must be booked through a special app. All information on face-to-face meetings as well as learning material and news regarding the the course will be available on the Ariel website of the course.
Reference material - The reference material will remain unchanged and will be available on the Ariel website of the course
Learning assessment methods and assessment criteria - The exam will be held orally on the Microsoft Teams platform. Evaluation criteria: adherence to the question, ability to identify the most important aspects of the topic, proper technical-scientific language adopted
Course syllabus
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
Teaching methods
Face-to-face lessons with student involvement; educational visits at livestock farms to verify in the field the information and the knowledge gained in classroom.
Teaching Resources
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
Allevamento delle principali specie da reddito
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 4
Field activity: 8 hours
Lessons: 28 hours
Allevamento delle specie minori
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Field activity: 8 hours
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
by appointment
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Via Celoria 2