Semester: 3 / Winter
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Veterinary Medicine
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: Animal anatomy, animal physiology.
Contact person: dr inż. Anna Zielak-Steciwko;
Short description: The aim of the course is to familiarize Students with issues of livestock breeding and husbandry. During the course are discussed problems related to usefulness of particular utility types and selected breeds of livestock to specific livestock production. Students learn important methods of husbandry and breeding for cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and poultry as well as modern production technologies of milk, meat, wool and eggs.
Full description: Economic importance and condition of animals husbandry in Poland and the world, consequences of animal domestication, livestock utility types and breeds, principles of breeding in a herd, methods of selection, crossbreeding and reproduction of livestock, exterior, breeding value and performance value of livestock and utility types, methods of animal husbandry - feeding, housing and care at different age and stages of production, management and organization of animal production, animal welfare in buildings for livestock, livestock production modern technologies, characteristics of animal products and quality assessment, restraint and care of animals, methods of livestock identification, important rules of cross-compliance.
Bibliography: 1. Sasimowski E. Animal breeding and production: an outline. Wyd. Warszawa: Polish Scientific Publication, 1987 2. Dobrowolska D., Lach H., Pilawski J. Current research on pig breeding and production. Wyd. Kraków: National Research Institute of Animal Production, 2006 3. Marek RE. Dairy Cows: Nutrition, Fertility and Milk Production. Wyd. Nova Science Publishers, 2011 4. Drake DJ. Understanding and improving beef cattle carcass quality. Wyd.ANR Publications, 2004 5. Appleby MC., Mench JA., Hughes BO. Poultry behaviour and welfare. Wyd. Wallingford: CABI Publishing , 2004 6. Warren Evans J. Horses: a guide to selection, care, and enjoyment. Wyd. New York: W. H.Freeman, 1989 7. Thear K. Free-range poultry. Wyd. Stowmarket: Whittet Books, 2002 8. Mills O. Practical sheep dairying: the care and milking of the dairy ewe. Wyd. Wellingborough: Thorsons, 1989
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: - student knows and describes basic types of utility and breeds of livestock (cattle, sheep and goats, swine, horses and poultry) and explains the principles of animal breeding and husbandry - knows the basics of breeding in a herd, describes the principles of mating, knows main methods of selection, crossbreeding and reproduction of livestock, plus the principles of rearing young animals for replacement - describes the main principles of feeding livestock (cattle, sheep and goats, swine, horses and poultry), analyses feed rations and consequences of feeding mistakes, knows the basics of animal production profitability - describes and evaluates housing conditions of livestock and their influence on health, performance and quality of obtained products (milk, meat, eggs, wool), knows the main legal regulations (cross-compliance) concerning livestock breeding and husbandry - describes conditions for proper manure management and disposal rules of waste products disposal associated with livestock production Skills: - ability to use zootechnical terminology concerning livestock husbandry and breeding, ability to listen and answer using an understandable and appropriate to situation language - understands the necessity of maximize professional skills to increase the quality of veterinary care, ability to use livestock accordingly to current cross-compliance regulations (housing conditions and animal welfare) - understands the necessity and need of constant learning for professional development - evidences and uses collected information relating to health, productivity, quality of animal origin products and animal welfare according to cross-compliance Social competences: - demonstrates responsibility for made decisions related to people and livestock - has a habit for continuing improvement of knowledge and skills development
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Final assessment: 50% rating from tutorials + 50% rating from final exam The prerequisites to obtain an average of 3.0 in all established learning outcomes. Completion of the tutorials is based on the average assessment form 5. modules (husbandry and breeding of: cattle, horsens, sheep, swine and poultry). Each module ends with a written check. Student is obliged to complete positive grades from 5 modules. Only student who has completed the tutorials and obtained required attendance at lectures can proceed an exam. Presence on the tutorials is mandatory. Any absence must be excused and the student is oblige to complete knowledge from missed tutorials. In case of 3. unexcused absences on tutorials and/or 5. unexcused absences during lectures the student does not receive complete the course. The exam is a written test. The thematic scope of written exam covers material from tutorials and lectures. Those who have not passed the written exam on the first date, they will sign up to a second term in the same form.

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