Module Identifier RS22920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Basil T Wolf  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   44 Hours 44 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   18 Hours 6 x 3 hour practicals/visits  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  60%
Semester Assessment Assignment Outcomes assessed: 2, 4  40%
Supplementary Assessment Students are required to re-take the element(s) tha led to failing the module; ie resitting the examination and/or re-presenting the assignment using alternative data.  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

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

Brief description

For each of dairy, beef, sheep and pig production, this module will outline the structure of UK, EU and world industries and discuss the effects of this on the UK producer. The major production systems employed in the UK will be described with reference to factors that influence productivity, efficiency of resource use, financial performance and product quality. The application of research into animal growth, reproduction, lactation, genetics, nutrition, health and welfare will be discussed.


To provide a detailed study of farm animal production systems for meat and milk.

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.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
   The ability to collect and interpret information from a variety of sources and apply this knowledge to the solution of problems will be assessed via the assignment.

.2 IT and information handling
   The assignment will involve the use of spreadsheets in data analysis, information gathering and interpretation.

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
   The assignment will involve the analysis and interpretation of farm animal production records to identify sub-optimal performance and to suggest suitable solutions.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
BLOWEY, R W (1999) A veterinary book for dairy farmers 3rd. Farming Press
Croston, D (1994) Planned sheep production 2nd. Blackwell Scientific Publications
Allen, D Planned beef production and marketing Blackwell Scientific Publications
Fayez, I Marai, M and Owen, JB New techniques in sheep production Butterworths, London
Phillips, CJC New techniques in cattle production Butterworths, London
Webster, A J F Understanding the dairy cows BSP Professional Book
Whittemore C The science and practice of pig production Longman Scientific and Technical


This module is at CQFW Level 5