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Animal Production Systems III (ANS333)

Organisational Unit Agricultural Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit develops knowledge of the theory and practice of sheep meat, wool and dairy production systems. Practical classes will develop industry-recognised skills in animal management and include field trips and guest presenters from these animal industries. A large part of the unit is built around an assignment on feedlotting lambs. The students will be involved in all aspects of the feedlot to develop practical knowledge and skills in animal handling, health, welfare, nutrition, genetics and production.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should have achieved the following objectives, which cover both content and graduate attribute related aims:
1. Sheep Industry - a thorough understanding of the Australian sheep industry, including enterprise economics and factors influencing profitability and productivity. An understanding of wool and meat markets to guide production processes, sheep reproduction, genetics, nutrition and disease and parasite management and knowledge of current sheep industry problems and key research directions.
2. Meat science and technology - an understanding of the basic principles of carcass and meat quality and of the objective assessments of meat quality. You should also have an appreciation of the factors that affect meat quality and the retail value of meat, as well as processes associated with food safety and cooking quality.
3. Feed intake - overview of the plant, animal and environmental factors controlling appetite and feed intake in farm animals.
4. Welfare of intensively and extensively managed livestock and live export trade - introduction to topics involving the welfare of farm animals, and an appreciation of the scale and constraints faced by the live export trade in WA.
5. Dairy industry - an understanding of the basic production principles associated with the dairy industry in Australia, with emphasis on the WA dairy industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks; practicals 3 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences The main approach to learning in this unit is to use practical classes including the lamb feed lot and self-directed learning to build on the learning objectives from the lectures. All practicals are closely linked to the theory from the lectures and are directly relevant to the livestock industries. The students will have an active hands-on role in the feedlot to enhance their learning of animal handling, health, welfare, nutrition, genetics and production. Strong emphasis is placed on developing teamwork and applying critical thinking to production systems that will be further enhanced in ANS337. A number of guest speakers from industry will also assist in putting what is learnt in the lectures and practical classes into context and to highlight the challenges that they face.
Other Learning Experiences Assistance with maintenance of feedlot over a 6-week period: 10 hours.
Assessment There are 3 assessments plus an exam at the end of Semester.
* Unit assignment - Lamb feedlotting: Short scientific paper = 20%
* Practicals - Attendance and participation PASS/FAIL
* Practicals - Ration formulation using Grazfeed (5%) and Breeding objective, visual assessment and ram selection (5%)
* Quizzes: Sheep health, Wool and sheep reproduction and dairy (10%)
*Two hour exam (60%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in Animal Science major; ANS101 Animal Production Systems I/Introduction to Livestock Science
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ANS353 Animal Production Systems III may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Animal Science (BSc)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch 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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Andrew Thompson
Associate Professor in Animal Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6815
e: Andrew.Thompson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.025 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Serina Hancock
Lecturer in Animal Science

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7394
e: S.Hancock@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.3.039 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
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