ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND NUTRITION
Credit points: 15
This subject examines farm animal management systems, direct and indirect influences on the production and quality of harvested animal products with a focus on quality outputs and sustainable production. Both conventional and alternative management practices in national and international contexts will be explored. Students will investigate animal genetics and Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) and other measurements used to evaluate animal performance. Consideration of environmental factors such as intensive/extensive farming and health and nutrition on production of common and exotic animals, along with disease occurrence, prevention and treatment will inform the development of evidence-based management plans. The subject also examines legislation relating to animal welfare, withholding periods and import and export.
SchoolSchool of Life Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or require Subject Coordinator approval.
Special conditions This elective will run subject to sufficient enrolments
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||A basic guide to breedplan EBVs, breedplan international beef recording scheme, viewed 3 May 2013||Recommended||University of New England 2012||HTTP://BREEDPLAN.UNE.EDU.AU/BOOKLETS/A%20BASIC%20GUIDE%20TO%20BP%20EBVS%20%28COMPLETE%29.PDF|
|Readings||Anatomy and physiology of farm animals||Recommended||Frandson, R, Wilke, W & Fails, A 2009||7TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, BALTIMORE, MD.|
|Readings||Animal husbandry regained, the place of farm animals in sustainable agriculture||Recommended||Webster, J 2012||ROUTLEDGE, NEW YORK.|
|Readings||Animal nutrition||Recommended||McDonald, P, Edwards, R, Greenhaigh, J & Morgan, C 2011||7TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ.|
|Readings||Animal welfare for livestock producers, State Government of Victoria, viewed 3 May 2013||Recommended||Department of Environment and Primary Industries 2010||HTTP://WWW.DPI.VIC.GOV.AU/AGRICULTURE/FARMINGMANAGEMENT/PRODUCTION-LIVESTOCK-CARE/|
|Readings||Farm business management, the human factor||Recommended||Nuthall, P, 2010||CABI PUBLISHING, OXFORDSHIRE, UK.|
|Readings||Functional anatomy and physiology of domestic animals||Recommended||Reece, W 2009||4TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, AMES, IA.|
|Readings||Management and welfare of farm animals: the UFAW farm handbook||Recommended||Webster, J (ed) 2011||5TH EDN, WILEY-BLACKWELL, CHICHESTER, UK.|
|Readings||Reproduction in farm animals||Recommended||Hafez, E, & Hafez, B (eds) 2008||7TH EDN, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, IOWA.|
|Readings||Saunders comprehensive veterinary dictionary||Recommended||Studdert, V, Blood, D & Gay, C 2012||4TH EDN, SAUNDERS, ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH.|
|Readings||Scientific farm animal production||Recommended||Taylor, R & Field, T 2011||10TH EDN, PRENTICE HALL, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, USA.|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Describe animal management practices for production animal businesses which optimise profitability, animal welfare and sustainability.
- Workshops session will consider traditional and alternative animal husbandry practices using case studies. Aspects of animal nutrition welfare will be researched and discussed in groups.
02. List common and exotic production animal health issues and management control options
- Workshops sessions will consider common and exotic diseases. Principles of practical control using management techniques will be explored in practical sessions in the laboratory and on the farm.
03. Compare conventional, intensive and innovative management systems for production animal species in terms of sustainability, profitability and animal welfare.
- Conventional, innovative and intensive management systems will be researched by students and findings presented to the class.
04. Investigate the influence of environmental and genetic factors on animal production.
- The various genetic techniques of improving animal production will be discussed in groups in workshops as well as through case study analysis.
05. Create an evidence based management plan for the sustainable production of animal products.
- Students will consolidate their knowledge by formulating and evidence-based plan for an animal production system. This will be presented and critiqued in class.
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Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Two assignments (1,200-words each, 2,400-words total)||Assignment topics will be available on Melbourne Polytechnic moodle site||60||03, 05|
|Four short answer tutorial Questions (350-words each, 1,400-words total)||40||01, 02, 04|