Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Other 4 x 3 hours practicals/farm visits over two semesters


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Animal Production Technical Report  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4  60%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Candidates will be required to resit an examination covering all outcomes.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Discuss the importance of animal production systems in agricultural enterprises.

Outcome 2
Identify the main constraints on productivity

Outcome 3
Compare efficiency of different systems of production

Outcome 4
Identify the scope for the application of the results of research in animal production


This module aims to provide an understanding of farm animal production systems and their role in world, European and UK food production. Production systems for sheep, pigs, dairy and beef cattle are described and the production potential of a range of alternative species is considered. The role of scientific research and development in the improvement of productive efficiency and product quality is discussed. The module is taught through a series of lectures and visits which give an insight into the annual production cycle of a range of species.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
Assignments will require own searching and investigation of references

.2 IT and information handling
Assignments will be word processed and illustrated with tables, graphs and illustrations

.4 Writing in an academic context
Students' own writing will be assessed in the examination and assignments

.5 Oral discussion and presentation
Discussion will be encouraged during visits and practical classes

.6 Careers need awareness
The role of well-motivated and trained staff and managers in the success of animal production systems will be highlighted

.7 Self-management
Assignment hand-in dates will have to be observed

Reading List

Allen, D Planned beef production and marketing Blackwell Scientific Primo search Blowey, R. W. (1999.) A veterinary book for dairy farmers /R. W. Blowey. 3rd ed. Farming Press Primo search Blowey, R. W. (2003.) Color atlas of diseases and disorders of cattle /Roger W. Blowey, A. David Weaver. 2nd ed. Mosby Primo search Blowey, R. W. (1995.) Mastitis control in dairy herds :illustrated and practical guide /Roger Blowey. Farming Press Primo search Cordell, K Practical sheep keeping Carwood Primo search Croston, D and Pollott, G Planned sheep production Blackwell Scientific Primo search Edmondson, Peter (2001) The veterinary guide to mastitis./by Peter Edmondson and Roger Blowey. Intervet Primo search Hulsen, Jan. (2005.) A practical guide for dairy farm management /Han Hulsen Roodbont Publishers Primo search Hulsen, Jan. (2006.) From calf to heifer :a practical guide to rearing young stock /Jan Hulsen, Berrie Klein Swormink Roodbont Publishers Primo search Hulsen, Jan. (2006.) Hooves :a practical guide to hoof health /Jan Hulsen Roodbont Publishers Primo search Hulsen, Jan. (2006.) Pig signals :look, think and act. /Jan Hulsen. Roodbont Publishers Primo search McConnell, Primrose. (2003.) Primrose McConnell's The agricultural notebook. 20th ed. Blackwell Science Primo search Phillips, C J C Principles of cattle production CABI Publishing Primo search Sainsbury, David. (2000 (2004 prin) Poultry health and management :chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and quail /David Sainsbury. 4th ed. Blackwell Science Primo search Webster, A J F Understanding the dairy cow Blackwell Scientific Publishing Professional Books Primo search (2002.) Animal nutrition /by P. McDonald ... [et al.]. 6th ed. Pearson Education Limited Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4