- 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
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Investigate, appraise and evaluate current and future issues affecting livestock enterprises:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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).
- An understanding and experience with operating and trouble-shooting Agri-Tech systems on-farm.
- Spatial data integration and interpretation skills.
|Coursework||1 x individual coursework technical report||70%|
|Examination||1 x 2 hour exam||30%|
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