agr2amn animal management




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or require Subject Coordinator approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This elective will run subject to sufficient enrolments

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA basic guide to breedplan EBVs, breedplan international beef recording scheme, viewed 3 May 2013RecommendedUniversity of New England 2012HTTP://BREEDPLAN.UNE.EDU.AU/BOOKLETS/A%20BASIC%20GUIDE%20TO%20BP%20EBVS%20%28COMPLETE%29.PDF
ReadingsAnatomy and physiology of farm animalsRecommendedFrandson, R, Wilke, W & Fails, A 20097TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, BALTIMORE, MD.
ReadingsAnimal husbandry regained, the place of farm animals in sustainable agricultureRecommendedWebster, J 2012ROUTLEDGE, NEW YORK.
ReadingsAnimal nutritionRecommendedMcDonald, P, Edwards, R, Greenhaigh, J & Morgan, C 20117TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ.
ReadingsAnimal welfare for livestock producers, State Government of Victoria, viewed 3 May 2013RecommendedDepartment of Environment and Primary Industries 2010HTTP://WWW.DPI.VIC.GOV.AU/AGRICULTURE/FARMINGMANAGEMENT/PRODUCTION-LIVESTOCK-CARE/
ReadingsFarm business management, the human factorRecommendedNuthall, P, 2010CABI PUBLISHING, OXFORDSHIRE, UK.
ReadingsFunctional anatomy and physiology of domestic animalsRecommendedReece, W 20094TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, AMES, IA.
ReadingsManagement and welfare of farm animals: the UFAW farm handbookRecommendedWebster, J (ed) 20115TH EDN, WILEY-BLACKWELL, CHICHESTER, UK.
ReadingsReproduction in farm animalsRecommendedHafez, E, & Hafez, B (eds) 20087TH EDN, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, IOWA.
ReadingsSaunders comprehensive veterinary dictionaryRecommendedStuddert, V, Blood, D & Gay, C 20124TH EDN, SAUNDERS, ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH.
ReadingsScientific farm animal productionRecommendedTaylor, R & Field, T 201110TH 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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
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.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Two assignments (1,200-words each, 2,400-words total)Assignment topics will be available on Melbourne Polytechnic moodle site6003, 05
Four short answer tutorial Questions (350-words each, 1,400-words total)4001, 02, 04