AGRI06003 2016 Livestock Production

General Details

Full Title
Livestock Production
Transcript Title
Livestock Pro
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Subject Area
AGRI - Agriculture
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Billy Fitzgerald, Uma Tiwari
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_G06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_BACCO_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Business in Business in Accounting and Marketing SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This module provides the student with a basic knowledge of managing livestock (sheep, cattle, goats, dairy, pigs and poultry) through all stages of the life cycles in indoor and outdoor environments including animal welfare. It also covers grassland management the other forms of animal feed in terms of nutritional value/feed budget. It also examines animal breeding and the factors affecting meat quality.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the fundamental knowledge of husbandry of farm animals.


Evaluate animal feeds and feeding methods.


Describe animal breeding and breeding methods.


Describe the rearing systems for farm animals in outdoor and indoor environments as well as sustainable use of animal wastes (slurry and farmyard manure).


Explain the factors affecting animal health, disease and welfare.


Understand the principles of measuring sustainability at farm level such as, carbon footprint, live-weight gain, fertilizer and nitrogen use.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed by number continuous assessment methods, including MCQs, short answer questions, reports of farms, and group presentations.

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

  1. Stages in the life cycle of each type of farm animal including sheep, goats, cattle, pigs and poultry.
  2. Types, sources and nutritional values of various types of animal feeds and nutritional supplements. Grassland management. Storage of animal feed and dispensing systems.
  3. Animal breeding and genomics. Insemination, gestation and birth of farm animals.
  4. Characteristics of different animal breeds in terms of quality of meat, milk yield and their suitability to different land type and climate
  5. Animal health and welfare. Control in the use of antibiotics and medicines 
  6. Management of dairy herd and milk production
  7. Calculation and factors affecting the carbon footprint of farm animals.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Short Answers Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % OnGoing 2,3,5,6
3 Reports Continuous Assessment Written Report 10 % OnGoing 3,4,5
4 Group Presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Workshop /Farm Visits 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-03-02 Principles of Cattle Production (Modular Texts Series) CABI
ISBN 1845933974 ISBN-13 9781845933975

This introductory level textbook covers the welfare and environmental implications of producing cattle as well as traditional subjects such as nutrition, reproduction and housing. Its broad, international coverage includes feedlot systems, transport, subsistence farming systems and the contribution of cattle production systems to land, air and water pollution. It is an invaluable resource for undergraduate students of animal science, veterinary medicine and agriculture, as well as diploma and certificate courses and industry personnel.

Recommended Reading
2007-10-04 Food, Energy, and Society, Third Edition CRC Press
ISBN 1420046675 ISBN-13 9781420046670

Since the publication of the first edition of Food, Energy, and Society, the worlds natural resources have become even more diminished due to the rapid expansion of the global human population. We are faced with dwindling food supplies in certain geographic areas, increasing pressure on energy resources, and the imminent extinction of many threatened species. In light of these major issues, this third edition presents an updated and expanded analysis on the interdependency of food, energy, water, land, and biological resources.

Written by internationally renowned experts, the book includes new material on livestock production and energy use, the impacts of pesticides on the environment, and the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural, forestry, and marine systems. It also compares the energy inputs of crop production in developing and developed countries, covers the agricultural and environmental issues related to water resources, and details the threat of soil erosion to food and the environment. In addition, the book explores the very timely topics of solar energy, biomass systems, and ethanol production.

Offering a startling glimpse at what our planet may become, this edition shows how to achieve the necessary balance between basic human needs and environmental resources and provides potential solutions to the host of problems we face today.

Recommended Reading
2009-01-28 Modern Livestock & Poultry Production (Texas Science) Delmar Cengage Learning
ISBN 1428318089 ISBN-13 9781428318083

Modern Livestock and Poultry Production, 8th Edition, a top seller in the agricultural industry for years, continues to feature comprehensive, engaging, and up-to-date information that covers major and minor livestock and poultry animals. The newly revised 8th edition entices readers with new, full-color photographs and illustrations. Modern Livestock and Poultry Production, 8th Edition has undergone extensive updates to include current issues in animal agriculture including, biosecurity, animal ID, and vertical integration, while still incorporating vital agriscience and production information, including real-life applications, required for high school students' success in the field. Agricultural educators will find that the Modern Livestock and Poultry Production, 8th Edition presents students necessary industry-based production content through easy to understand scientific explanations and color illustrations. Educators are provided tools like the Instructor's Guide and the Classmaster CD-ROM, which features a customizable testbank and PowerPoint slides based on the content and organization of the text, to make teaching the subject easier, more interesting and effective.. Modern Livestock and Poultry Production, 8th Edition continues to be widely recommended by local chapters and the national association of the FFA which sponsors popular competitions and Career Development Events (CDEs) in livestock and poultry.

Recommended Reading
2006-03-31 Livestock production and Society Wageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN 9076998892 ISBN-13 9789076998893

The objective of this book is to provide a scientific-based, multidisciplinary perspective to the dialogue between society and the stakeholders within livestock production. Concerns and problems related to food safety, animal welfare and rural environment are discussed within a holistic approach. This unique approach has an added-value compared to other books which cover these topics from a specialist point of view. The different issues are developed by well-known experts in their field of work. They are dealing with the latest developments in livestock production in relation to social concerns (such as, regulations, risk communication, reduction of environmental impact, sustainability and economic and social impacts of alternative strategies) and production systems (including transport and slaughter, feeding strategies, waste management and future monitoring technology). Readers from various disciplines will find these ideas useful and complimentary to their own expertise, and may apply them to decision making, vocational training and other educational applications.

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