Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Entry to a science degree scheme
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Other 4 x 3 hour visits, to be arranged over two semesters


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1500 word assignment - outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Examination - covering all outcomes  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

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

2. Identify the main constraints on productivity

3. Compare efficiency of different systems of production

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


To give an introduction to farm animal production systems and their design in the context of UK and world agriculture. Particular reference will be made to constraints on production - economic, social, environmental and animal health and welfare. The scope for the application of scientific knowledge and research will be highlighted as a foundation for subsequent modules.


Thin module taught through the medium of lectures, practicals and visits.

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 Croston D & 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 Garnsworthy, Philip C. (2005) Calf and Heifer Rearing /P. C. Garnsworhty Nottingham University Press 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 Webster A J F Understanding the Dairy Cow BSP Professional Books Primo search (1999.) The health of dairy cattle /edited by Anthony H. Andrews. Blackwell Science Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4