Breeding of small species

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
64
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/20
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to illustrate the intensive systems of production applied to domestic birds and rabbits. The following major subjects will be described: economic relevance of the poultry and rabbit sector at national level, characteristics of the productive systems, management for poultry and rabbit meat production, management for table egg production, productive performance in selected animals reared in intensive systems.
Expected learning outcomes
The student must build up knowledge on the following subjects: organization of the poultry and rabbit production sectors, husbandry systems and management guidelines for poultry and rabbits in intensive farming, productive performance in different breeds/genetic lines for meat and egg production. Furthermore, the student has to acquire an appropriate terminology and to be conscious of its fundamental relevance for the correct professional communication. 
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The following changes will be adopted because the Covid-19 pandemic

Teaching methods - Some lectures will be held on Microsoft Teams/Adobe Connect platforms according to the weekly timetable of the lectures of the second year.

Assessment method - The final oral text could be hed using the online hub Microsoft Teams according to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Course syllabus
Teaching unit POULTRY PRODUCTION

Theoretical lectures
Statistics of production and organization of the national poultry sector (2 hours)
Introduction to poultry selection and genetic resources for intensive meat and egg production (4 hours)
Artificial incubation (2 hours)
System of production for poultry meat, performance in strain lines, legislation (5 hours)
System of production for table eggs, performance in strain line, legislation (5 hours)

Practical lectures
Multimedia support will be used to show buildings and equipments for intensive poultry farming and artificial incubation. The participation to a poultry exhibition and/or visits to the Poultry Unit of the Animal Production Centre will be planned (16 hours).

Teaching unit RABBIT PRODUCTION

Theoretical lectures:
Aspects of morphology, physiology and nutrition (4 hours)
Breeds and hybrids (2 hours)
Not invasive imaging techniques. (2 hours)
Traditional and alternative building structures (2 hours)
Environmental microbiology of rabbit farms (2 hours)
Management of the rabbit (2 hours)

Practical lectures
Multimedia support will be used to show rabbit farming. Field experts will provide seminars on not invasive imaging and zoonosic pathology. (16 hours).
Prerequisites for admission
Not considered
Teaching methods
The course included two teaching units:
- Poultry production (3 CFU, 32 ore)
- Rabbit production (3 CFU, 32 ore)

Both teaching units provide:
- theoretical lectures ( 2 CFU - 16 hours)
- practical lectures (1 CFU - 16 hours) including multimedia support and seminars provided by field experts. Visits to exhibitions can be planned according to current opportunities.
Teaching Resources
Book:
Avicoltura e Coniglicoltura (2015) Eds. Cerolini S, Marzoni M., Romboli I., Schiavone A. e Zaniboni L., Point Veterinaire Italie, Milano.

Website
http://www.fabioluzi.it/wordpress/
https://sceroliniaa.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam is an oral test to verify the level of knowledge gained on the topics included in the teaching programs of the two units. The final mark (expressed in thirtieths) will be assigned according to the accuracy of answers and the proper use of technical language.
Poultry farming
AGR/20 - AQUACULTURE, POULTRY AND RABBIT SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Cerolini Silvia
Rabbit farming
AGR/20 - AQUACULTURE, POULTRY AND RABBIT SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Luzi Fabio