The course aims to illustrate the alternative systems of production applied to domestic birds and rabbit. The following major subjects will be described: - economic and productive relevance of alternative systems; - husbandry technique in alternative systems and related problems; - organization and management of alternative farming; - productive performance in different breeds/genetic lines of poultry and rabbits. Moreover, the basic principles and practices of freshwater and marine fish farming are treated. Water quality, site selection, health management practices, nutrition and feeding and business decision-making are covered.
Expected learning outcomes
The student must build up knowledge on the following subjects: organization of the poultry and rabbit alternative system production, husbandry and management guidelines in alternative farming, productive performance in different breeds/genetic lines of poultry and rabbits. Furthermore, the student must communicate the acquired knowledge using the adequate technical-scientific terminology. At the end of the course the student will know the properties of the aquatic environment, the methods of reproduction and farming of the main fish species of commercial interest, the basics of fish feed composition and feeding techniques. The student will have acquired the ability to distinguish among the different types of farms, to recognize the main species being farmed and to assess the water quality parameters.