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%

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