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Animal Production Systems II (ANS230)
|Organisational Unit||Agricultural Sciences|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||This unit will develop knowledge of the theory and practice of animal production systems. Animal production from pasture systems will be emphasised, and the associated role of soils. Modules covered are soil fertility, pastures and fertilisers, beef, pork and poultry production systems. The information provides a robust, practical, systems-based understanding of the livestock industries. Practical classes will utilise the Murdoch Farm, and workshops include industry professionals to get deeper understanding of the real-world experience and help develop industry recognised skills.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||Specific learning objectives for each lecture, practical and workshop are provided, and are linked to the overall unit learning outcomes:
After studying this unit you should be able to:
1. Understand and be able to evaluate the physical and financial performance of beef, pig and poultry production systems, including performance analysis and diagnosis of problems, and contribute to the achievement of best practice.
2. Interpret pasture growth dynamics in the context of soil fertility and a grazing animal system. From this you will develop the ability to assess animal and pasture productivity and increase the sustainability of the farming system.
The broad aims of this unit are to give a thorough understanding of:
1. The beef industry, including northern and southern production systems, reproduction, genetics, health issues, welfare, feedlotting and nutrition
2. Concepts of soil fertility and productivity, in particular to understand the role of fertilisers as major inputs in intensive pasture-based grazing animal systems
3. The growth and management of pastures, particularly in the context of the nutrition of grazing ruminants and the impact of varying species
4. The pig industry, including production systems, housing, reproduction, nutrition and genetics
5. The egg industry and the poultry meat (broiler) industry, including housing, reproduction, and welfare
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week;
Practical classes and Workshops: 3 hours per week
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is systems based learning. Systems based learning occurs through the amalgamation of theoretical lectures and practicals and workshops which cover the same topics but in different contexts.|
|Assessment||The assessment for this unit will be provided through numerous assessments throughout semester (50% of total assessment) based around the learning outcomes of the teaching modules and 50% of assessment will be in a final examination at the end of semester. The practical based assessments throughout the semester are online quizzes, therefore feedback for each assessment regarding performance and correctness will be provided through the use of the Learning Management System|
|Prerequisites||ANS101 Introduction to Livestock Science|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|