Animal Production

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the student with basic knowledge of management, feeding and reproduction techniques of dairy and beef cattle, particularly in mountain farms.
Expected learning outcomes
Management, breeding and feeding techniques of dairy and beef cattle with specific focus on issues of mountain areas
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons will be held in presence in Edolo, if the Covid emergency situation allows it.
Alternatively, the lessons will be held on the Adobe Connect platform and can be followed both in synchrony on the basis of the timetable of the second semester and asynchronously as recorded lessons available to students on the ARIEL platform.
Some lessons, situation permitting, will be in attendance. The methods and criteria for participating in face-to-face lessons will be published in time on the Ariel pages of the course, as well as notices relating to any update related to the evolution of the legislation imposed by Covid-19.
The program and reference material will not be affected. The exercises organized as field trips will be carried out compatibly with the regulations in force at the time, or replaced with videos and video seminars.
The exam will take place using the SEB / Moodle platform, with the provision of multiple choice quizzes, or, where the regulation allows it, in person, with the provision of multiple choice quizzes and an open question (stimulating broad and well exposed)
Course syllabus
The aim of the course is to provide the basic knowledge about husbandry, breeding and feeding techniques of dairy and beef cattle with a specific focus on the issues of alpine areas. The course will give the skills to understand and assess the main issues of animal food quality and the relationships between productive factors and final products. Main topics: - Statistics, economics and regulations: animal production in Italy and Europe; main issues of the alpine area; IGP and DOP products; notices of laws and regulations on animal production and animal food. Elements of animal genetics: principles in cattle selection, genealogy books, dairy and beef cattle breeds. Elements of nutrition of domestic animals: digestion physiology of ruminants, animal feeds and their evaluation. Milk production: factors affecting yield and quality of milk and milk products (genetics, feeding and environment). Dairy herd management and feeding. Laws and regulations on milk production. Fertility and reproductive traits. Beef cattle production: carcass evaluation; beef cattle breeds; factors affecting meat production and quality. Relationships between breed, rearing techniques and quality of meat and meat products. Laws and regulations on meat production
Prerequisites for admission
Basis of biology, bio-chemistry, animal physiology
Teaching methods
Lessons in classroom, practical exercises, ration evaluations, farm visits
Teaching Resources
Lecture notes. Lesson presentations, additional text, papers and web link on ARIEL site of course: "Produzioni Zootecniche" (
Video-audio records of all lessons available on Ariel site.
Additional text: Giussani, Il latte di qualità, Edagricole (EAN: 9788850651375)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is a written test in 1 hours with 1 open question and 50 closed questions (Multiple choise) on the topics covered in class. The answers will be evaluated according to the scientific correctness, the expository logic and the number of information shown. The final score will be the weight average of the 2 parts.
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Practicals: 32 hours
Lessons: 32 hours
Professor: Tamburini Alberto
by appointment (send an email)
Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Ambientali (sezione Zootecnica) via Celoria 2 Milano