|| RS33020 |
|| DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIC LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Mr Nicolas Lampkin |
|| Semester 1 |
|| RS10910 , RS11010 and either, RS20210 or, RS20310 or equivalents |
|| Essay || 3,000 Word essay and oral presentation - submit by beginning of week 9 || 40% |
|| Exam || 3 Hours || 60% |
Syllabus / Curriculum design
The module will cover the following topics: The role of livestock in organic agriculture; Certification and regulations; Forage production; Forage conservation; Forage quality, utilisation and grazing management; Principles of livestock nutrition; Supplementary protein and energy sources; Ration formulation; Animal health ? fundamental principles ; The animal health/disease complex; The relationship between diet and health; Disease prevention and treatment; Complementary therapies; Homoeopathy; Parasite control; Animal behaviour, ethology and welfare; Housing design and animal behaviour/welfare/environment; Breeding for disease resistance and other objectives; Milk, beef, sheep, pigs and poultry production systems.
By the end of this module, students should be able to:
1. Discuss the role and integration of livestock in organic farming systems;
2. Identify the regulations governing organic livestock production in the European Union, and describe the way these
regulations are implemented in the UK;
3. State the key factors governing forage quality and utilisation and its contribution to livestock nutrition, health and
4. Assess the suitability of feedstuffs and their combination for optimal health and performance;
5. State the key factors governing livestock health, and discuss their application in practice, with particular reference to
nutritional deficiencies, fertility, parasites and disease prevention through the use of appropriate management strategies;
6. Determine appropriate uses of conventional therapeutic medicines, vaccines and alternative/complementary therapies for the
control of diseases;
. state the key factors governing animal welfare and behaviour, and assess the impact of organic practices with particular reference to housing and health
. discuss the role of breeding in enhancing productivity and parasite/disease resistance and define appropriate breeding objectives;
. specify appropriate production objectives and management practices for individual livestock species.
Aims of the module
To describe and analyse the objectives, principles and practice of organic livestock production systems.
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