Module: Livestock Husbandry

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Christopher Brough
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

  1. Applied practical management of reproduction, lactation, nutrition and growth and development within commercial production systems.
  2. Physical and financial husbandry details of livestock enterprises and factors affecting profitability.
  3. Animal health and welfare. Disease recognition, treatment and prevention.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Develop skills to assess signs of normal and abnormal health, behaviour and condition in animals
  2. Develop skills to identify, target, manipulate and correct sub-optimal physical and financial performance of animals and animal enterprises
  3. Compare and evaluate different husbandry methods for livestock


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Integrated Report 70%
Examination Unseen exam (1.5 hours) 30%

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 at least one of the following:

  • Allen, D. (1990). Planned Beef Production and Marketing. Blackwell Scientific.
  • Croston, D. and Pollott, G.E. (1994). Planned Sheep Production. 2nd ed. Blackwell Scientific.
  • Frandson, R.D. and Spurgeon, T.L. (2009). Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals. 7th ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Thickett, B., Mitchell, D. and Hallows, B. (2003). Calf Rearing. Crowood Press.
  • Soffe, R.J. (2003). The Agricultural Notebook. 20th ed. Blackwell Scientific.
  • Willis, M.B. (1998). Dalton's Introduction to Practical Animal Breeding. 4th ed. Blackwell Science