Module: Livestock Production Technology

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Christopher Brough
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours
  • Teaching Period

    October – March

Module content

  • Current and potential issues affecting global livestock enterprises
  • Evaluation of ethical, environmental and economic issues related to livestock technology
  • Development of new technologies - undertaking research in practise
  • Application and transfer of animal technologies - the ‘evidence-based’ approach
  • Developments in livestock technology and evaluation of their associated issues
  • Assisted Reproductive Techniques
  • Technologies for livestock performance improvement (genetics)
  • Improving disease diagnosis, protection and control
  • Nutritional enhancement and improving food conversion efficiency
  • Automated livestock handling, building design and waste handling

Module outcomes

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

  1. Investigate, appraise and evaluate current and future issues affecting livestock enterprises:
  2. Validate  current  Agri-Technologies or  those  that  have  the  potential  to  be  utilised successfully to resolve current issues affecting livestock enterprises by improving sustainable production and environmental diagnostic systems.
  3. Critically  interpret  scientific  reports  to  determine  the  evidence  needed  to support the development of technology for the livestock industry considering the ability and the opportunities for cross-over in agri-tech between industries.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Following successful completion of this module a student will have:

  1. Further develop their written and oral communication skills within the continuous assessment programme with an emphasis on communicating to service and product suppliers and end-users (farmers).
  2. An understanding and experience with operating and trouble-shooting Agri-Tech systems on-farm.
  3. Spatial data integration and interpretation skills.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x individual coursework technical report 70%
Examination 1 x 2 hour exam 30%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one 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.
  • Garnsworthy, P.C. and Wiseman, J. (2008). Recent Advances in Animal.
  • Garnsworthy, P.C. and Wiseman, J. (2006). Recent Developments in Non-Ruminant Nutrition. 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.
  • SIVAKUMAR, M. V.K. and HANSEN, J. (2007) Climate prediction and agriculture: advances and challenges. Springer Science 
  • STAFFORD, J.V. (2007) Precision agriculture ’07. Wageningen Academic
  • Theodorou, M.K. and France, J. (2000). Feeding Systems and Feed Evaluation Models. CABI Publishing.
  • Webster, J. (2012) Animal husbandry regained: the place of farm animals in sustainable agriculture Earthscan
  • 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