Module: Advanced Livestock Production

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Christopher Brough
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours

Module content

The following aspects of livestock production covering the application of scientific research based on current farming practices will be considered:

  1. Adoption and integration of advances in the nutritional and biochemical process involved with conversion of feed to meat, milk, egg and fibre.
  2. Influence and implication of advanced genetic and environmental factors, e.g. breeding programmes, nutrition, health and disease, accommodation and welfare, market forces, supply management, on the yield, composition and production economics of commercial animal production systems.

This module is delivered through a mixed series of alternate focus lectures, seminars and visits, e.g. specialist livestock producers and livestock services. The visit programme will normally include a short study tour for which an extra charge may be made.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Review and critically evaluate scientific literature, and apply results in order to identify and analyse the importance, significance, effect and role played by scientific research in the enhancement and development of commercial animal production systems.
  2. Critique and discuss the applications of new technologies and scientific research, in a wider ethical, social and market context.
  3. Present and discuss key aspects of scientific research and their relevance to animal production.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x literature review/synthesis paper - evaluation and critical discussion of scientific and technological advancements, within a production context 40%
Examination Unseen exam (3 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:

  • Aland, A. and Banhazi, T. (eds.) (2013) Livestock housing; modern management to ensure optimal health and welfare of farm animals Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Blair, R. (2008). Nutrition and Feeding of Organic Poultry. CAB International.
  • Blair, R. (2007). Nutrition and Feeding of Organic Pigs. CABI Publishing.
  • Blokhuis, H. (ed.) et al. (2013) Improving farm animal welfare; science and society working together: the welfare quality approach Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Garnsworthy, P.C. and Wiseman, J. (2008). Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition 2008. (Feed Manufacturers' Conference, Nottingham University; 42). Nottingham University Press.
  • Garnsworthy, P.C. and Wiseman, J. (2006). Recent Developments in Non-Ruminant Nutrition. Nottingham University Press.
  • Garnsworthy, P.C. (2005). Calf and Heifer Rearing. (Nottingham University Easter School in Agricultural Science; 60). Nottingham University Press.
  • Grandin, T. and Deesing, M.J. (eds.) (2014) Genetics and the behaviour of domestic animals 2nd edn. Academic Press.
  • Kebreab, E. (ed.) (2013) Sustainable animal agriculture CABI Publishing.
  • Lawrie, R.A. and Ledward, D.A. (2006). Lawrie's Meat Science. (7th edition). CRC Press, Woodhead Publishing.
  • Phillips, C.J.C. (2010). Principles of Cattle Production. (2nd edition). CABI.
  • Phillips, C.J.C. (1996). Progress in Dairy Science. CAB International.
  • Simm, G. (2000). Genetic Improvement of Cattle and Sheep. Reprint with amendments. CABI Publishing.
  • Sylvester-Bradley, R. and Wiseman, J. (2005). Yields of Farmed Species: Constraints and Opportunities in the 21st Century. Nottingham University Press.
  • Theodorou, M.K. and France, J. (2000). Feeding Systems and Feed Evaluation Models. CABI Publishing.
  • Warriss, P.D. (2010). Meat Science: An Introductory Text. CABI.
  • Webster, J. (2012) Animal husbandry regained: the place of farm animals in sustainable agriculture Earthscan
  • Wiseman, J. (2007). Paradigms in Pig Science. (Nottingham University Easter School in Agricultural Science; 62). Nottingham University Press.
  • Wiseman, J., Varley, M.A. and Chadwick, J.P. (1998). Progress in Pig Science. Nottingham University Press.
  • Supporting text
  • British Cattle Breeders Club (2010). British Cattle Breeders Club: Breeding for a Sustainable Future. Annual conference papers, 25-27 January 2010. British Cattle Breeders Club.
  • Thornton, P.  K.  (2010)  Livestock  Production:  recent trends,  future  prospects Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society B 365, pp 2853-2867