|Module Title||DAIRY AND MEAT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Basil Wolf|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
For each of the dairy, beef, sheep and pig production industries:
(a) the structure of the industry in the UK, EU and world
(b) the major production systems employed in the UK will be described with reference to the major constraints on production, efficiency of resource use and product quality
(c) the application of research into animal growth, reproduction, lactation, genetics, nutrition, health and welfare will be discussed
1. Describe (quantitatively) important production systems and identify components thereof.
2. Recognise constraints on productivity.
3. Identify the role played by scientific research in the development of animal production systems.
4. Analyse livestock performance records in order to identify and explain sub-optimal performance
Introduce relevant research used in the synthesis of production systems.
Examine biological and economic constraints on production. Develop skills in evaluating alternative systems and identifying and correcting sub-optimal performance.