Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 3 x 3 hour practicals per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical report  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written examination  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  50%
Supplementary Exam 100%

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Describe the anatomy of the female and male reproductive tract in farm livestock including the horse and explain the functions of the constituent parts.

2. Discuss the control of reproduction in the male and female.

3. Explain or discuss the role that the maternal system plays both during pregnancy and lactation on the successful production of offspring.

4. Apply the knowledge gained to present day management techniques and critically assess their uses.

5. Describe the effects of breed, sex and nutrition on the growth and development of carcass tissues and relate this knowledge to the rearing of meat animals and sports horses.

Brief description

A course of 22 lectures and 3 practicals which will consider in detail the reproductive anatomy and physiology of farm livestock, including the horse, along with their growth and development. The content of the module will include: the reproductive anatomy of the non-pregnant and pregnant female (mare, ewe, sow,cow) and the male (stallion, ram, boar, bull); the endocrine control of reproduction, the effect of the enviroment and management; the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, conception, maternal recognition of pregnancy, embryo and foetal development, endocrine control of pregnancy; the anatomy and physiology of parturition, its initiation and control; the anatomy and physiology of milk production, anatomy of the mammary gland, endocrine control of lactation (lactogenesis, galactopoesis, milk ejection), milk production and secretion, the lacation curve; the growth patterns and curves of livestock from conception to maturity, growth manipulation for meat carcass production and athletic performance.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication The practical report on the dissectionpractical will develop and assess students' ability to write and present information.
Research skills The practical report will have to be written in an academic context and adhere to a standard format for reporting a piece of practical investigation, ie: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion.
Team work The dissection in anatomy practicals will be done in groups of 3-4 students; as such students' skills of working together will be developed.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Cupps, P T (1991) Reproduction in domestic animals Academic Press Primo search Ginther O J (1992) Reproduction biology of the mare. Basic and applied aspects 2nd Equiservices, Wisconsin USA Primo search Gordon, I (1997) Controlled reproduction in farm animals, Vols 1 - 4 CABI Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Davies Morel M C G (1999) Equine AI CABI Primo search Davies Morel, M C G (2003) Equine reproductive physiology, breeding and stud management 2nd CABI Primo search McKinnon, A O and Voss, J L (1993) Equine reproduction Lea & Febiger Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5