|Module Title||ADVANCED ANIMAL PRODUCTION|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Basil Wolf|
|Pre-Requisite||RD15010 , RD15110 , RD17710|
|Assessment||Assignment||Outcomes assessed: 3 Sheep planning assignment||50%|
|Exam||1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4||50%|
Explain the principles underlying the application of genetics to animal breeding.
a. Mendelian inheritance is explained.
b. Inheritance of quantitative traits is explained.
Mendelian inheritance: additivity, dominance, epistasis, pleiotropy, lethals.
Quantitative traits: genotype, environment, heritability, genetic correlation, inbreeding, heterosis.
Describe national breeding schemes for domestic livestock and interpret and use
a. Required records appropriate to the selection objectives are identified.
b. Organisation of breeding schemes is described.
c. The use of results in selection of replacements and in planning individual matings is explained.
One of either dairy cattle, beef cattle, or sheep.
Recognise the factors associated with reproductive efficiency in sheep.
a. Components of reproductive efficiency are identified and discussed.
b. The manipulation of reproduction in the ewe is described.
c. Evaluate the effect of season of lambing on the husbandry and economics of lamb production.
Reproductive efficiency in the ewe and/or ram.
One from the exogenous control of oestrus, ovulation rate and seasonality in the ewe.
Accelerated, early, mid-season or late lambing systems.
The husbandry and management of the pig is described.
a. Production targets and performance measures are identified.
b. The nutritional and reproductive management of the pig is described.
Reproductive management of sow and gilt.
Lifetime nutritional strategies.
Management and husbandry of weaned and/or finishing pigs.