Animal husbandry

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
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

Lesson period
Second semester
In the emergency phase, some details of the course and the exam will change. In particular:
Program - The course program will remain unchanged
Teaching methods - During the semester, weeks of face-to-face lessons will alternate with weeks of remote lessons in sync on Teams. Face-to-face lessons will be always available in sync on Teams for students not present in the class. All lessons will be recorded and made available to students asynchronously on the Ariel course site. Participation in face-to-face lessons must be booked via the specific app. Depending on pandemic conditions, field exercises are planned at some livestock farms. All information, notices, as well as teaching materials and recordings will be available on the Ariel course website.
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 - In the case of the continuation of the emergency phase, the exam will take place at the end of the course orally on the Microsoft Teams platform. Evaluation criteria: adherence to the question, ability to identify the salient aspects of the topic, properties of the 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
by appointment
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Via Celoria 2