Module Identifier RD20720  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Basil T Wolf  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Michael T Rose, Dr Selwyn P Williams  
Course delivery Lecture   44 Hours  
  Practical   33 Hours 11 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Assignment  40%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to re-take the elements that led to failing the module. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Outcome 1.
Describe (quantitatively) important production systems and identify components thereof.
Performance criteria:
a.   Production targets are identified.
b.   Different phases of the production cycle and the inter-relationships between them are recognised.
Range: Either dairy or beef cattle, sheep or pigs.

Outcome 2.
Recognise constraints on productivity.
Performance criteria:
a.   Biological, economic and social constraints on production methods and efficiency are evaluated.
Range: Either dairy or beef cattle, pigs or sheep.

Outcome 3.
Identify the role played by scientific research in the development of animal production systems.
Performance criteria:
a.   Reference is made to experimental evidence when evaluating alternative practices.
Range: Either dairy or beef cattle, pigs or sheep.

Outcome 4.
Analyse livestock performance records in order to identify and explain sub-optimal performance
Performance criteria:
a.   Sub-optimal performance is identified.
b.   Potential causes of sub-optimal performance are identified and discussed.
Range: Either dairy or beef cattle, pigs or sheep.   

Brief description

This course details the husbandry of dairy and beef cattle, calves, sheep and pigs in the production of meat, milk and wool. For each species, the structure of the world, EU and UK industries will be outlined and likely future trends will be identified. The major production systems used in the UK will be described, emphasizing the importance of production targets and performance monitoring in the management of efficient animal production systems. The practical application of scientific knowledge concerning animal growth, reproduction, lactation, genetics, nutrition, health and welfare will be evaluated.

Farm visits will provide opportunities to meet farmers and study the operation of successful animal husbandry systems.   Practical classes will introduce important skills in the management of farm animals.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
The assignment will involve evaluation of data records to identify sub-optimal performance and students will be expected to suggest suitable solutions and demonstrate how they would choose between alternative proposals.

.2 IT and information handling
Assignment data will be provided on a spreadsheet.

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
The assignment will involve evaluation of data records with students being expected to compare the average and range in animal performance with industry standards.

.5 Oral discussion and presentation
Skills in oral discussion will be developed during visits and practicals.

.6 Careers need awareness
Developed during visits and practicals.

Reading Lists

Blowey R W (1985) A veterinary book for dairy farmers Farming Press
Croston, D (1994) Planned sheep production 2nd. Blackwell Scientific Publications
Allen, D Planned beef production and marketing Blackwell Scientific Publications
Phillips, CJC New techniques in cattle production Butterworths, London
Webster, A J F Understanding the dairy cow Blackwell Scientific Publications Professional Book
Whittemore C The science and practice of pig production Longman Scientific and Technical


This module is at CQFW Level 5