Module: Livestock Science

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Christopher Brough
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours

Module content

Genetics – Principles of inheritance and genetic improvement. Basic genetic engineering.

Nutrition & Digestion – Biochemical properties of feeds and metabolism within the animal. Comparative anatomy and digestive physiology of ruminant with non-ruminants.

Reproduction – Anatomy physiology of male and female reproductive systems. Endocrinological events involved in oestrus and parturition.

Veterinary – Health causative agents of disease, treatment methods and prevention. Animal welfare issues

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Understand the scientific principles that underpin commercial animal productivity.
  2. Explain basic principles of livestock physiology (i.e. reproductive endocrinology)
  3. Carry out safe laboratory analytical procedures to determine nutrient values of feeds.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Laboratory report 40%
Examination Exam (2 hours) 60%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Arey D 2006 Animal welfare aspects of good agricultural practice: pig production [Book] shelf no: 636.4083
  • Croston, D. and Pollott, G.E. (1994). Planned Sheep Production. (2nd edition). Blackwell Scientific.
  • DairyCo 2012 Breeding+: breeding improvement programme [Book] shelf no: 636.214082
  • Fitzgerald S 2013 Animal health in an expanding dairy industry [Book] shelf no: 636.2089
  • Flanders F B 2010 Modern livestock and poultry production 8th ed. [Book] shelf no: 636
  • Frandson, R.D., Wilkie, W. and Fails, A.D. (2003). Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals. (6th edition). Lippincott Williams and Williams
  • Garnsworthy, Philip C 2006 Recent developments in non-ruminant nutrition Nottingham University Press.
  • Garnsworthy, Philip C, Packington, 2013 Recent advances in animal nutrition
  • Soffe R G (2003).  The Agricultural Notebook (20th edition) Blackwell Science
  • Whittemore  C T 2006 Whittemore's science and practice of pig production 3rd ed. [Book] shelf no: 636.4


  • An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
  • Livestock Production Science 

Supporting texts