Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Livestock Production Science
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
BR20420 or BG20420 , OR RD23420, OR RG23420
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar presentation.  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify the components of animal production systems.

2. Review and evaluate scientific literature and apply results to the development of animal production systems.

3. Explain how science can be applied to the improvement of farm animal reproduction, lactation and growth
and development.

4. Discuss ethical and social issues related to the application of animal sciences.

Brief description

This module explores the way in which research is used to develop more efficient animal production systems. Lectures and seminars will cover a range of topical subjects selected from reproductive technologies, manipulation of lactation and fertility, meat science, animal nutrition and genetic improvement.


Topical subjects in animal production selected from:
  • Artificial insemination and embryo transfer
  • Dairy cattle production systems including:
  • Manipulation of milk quality
  • Management of mastitis in the dairy cow
  • Metabolic disease
  • Management of cows in the transitional period
  • Meat production systems including:
  • Feeding strategies for beef cattle sheep and pigs
  • Control strategies for intestinal parasites
  • Meat science with reference to the factors that influence meat eating quality

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Interpretation of scientific publications. Assessed in seminars and exam.
Communication Developed and assessed in seminar and written work.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through developing skills in the reading and interpretation of scientific publications, preparation of written work and seminar presentations, and working to deadlines.
Information Technology Assessed use of PowerPoint in seminar presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Lectures and seminars will develop an awareness of the complex inter-relationships among components of animal production systems. This will enable students to identify and analyse problems, and an evaluation of the research literature and its applications will provide case studies that demonstrate how applied science can be used in problem solving. Assessed in seminars and exam.
Research skills Developed through a study of the scientific literature and assessed by assignment and examination.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 6