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%

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