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Nutrition, feeding and animal husbandry teaching unit 2: animal husbandry
Code: G280NB
Teacher:  Anna Alfea Sandrucci
Year: 
Term: 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 3
Other: 1
Basic aims:  The first aim of the course is to provide the basic
knowledge on animal nutrition and feeding: the different
alimentary and nutrient principles, the main feed
(forages and concentrates), the requirements of the
animals in production (milk and meat) and the different
practical feeding techniques. The second aim is to provide
both theoretical and applied knowledge about husbandry
techniques of domestic animals and the influence of
animal production systems on quality of animal products,
environmental impact and animal welfare.
Acquired skills:  After passing the exam, the student will have gained
competence on the main feed, of their utilization by the
animals and of the different practical feeding techniques
under the various stages of development, the
physiological phases, and the levels of production.
Moreover he will have acquired basic skills and tools for
technical assessment of different animal production
systems in order to progress to higher levels of study or
to work in a livestock farm as a technician or consultant.
Course contents:  Animal production in Italy: economic aspects, livestock
statistics, animal food production and consumption,
laws and regulations on animal production and animal
food. Dairy cattle husbandry: dairy cattle breeds, milk
production and composition, milking techniques, dairy
herd management and feeding, calf and heifer rearing,
reproduction management and fertility. Dairy sheep,
goat and buffalo husbandry. Beef cattle production:
beef cattle breeds, meat quality, growth and
development, carcass evaluation, management and
feeding of the main beef cattle categories (veal calves,
bulls), cow-calf production systems. Swine production:
swine breeds; sow management and feeding; rearing
and finishing techniques of light and heavy pigs. Egg
and poultry meat production
Program:  The aim of the course is to provide both theoretical and applied knowledge about animal husbandry in terms of management, breeding and feeding. A second goal is to give some instruments to assess the influence of animal production systems on quality of animal products, environment and animal welfare. Main topics: - Statistics, economics and regulations (0.5 ECTS): animal production in Italy; livestock statistics; animal food production and consumption; laws and regulations on animal production and animal food - Milk production (1.5 ECTS): dairy cattle breeds; milk composition and properties; factors affecting milk yield and composition; lactation physiology; milking techniques; dairy herd management and feeding; reproduction management and fertility; calf and heifer rearing; sheep, goat and buffalo milk production. - Beef cattle production (1 ECTS): beef cattle breeds; meat composition and structure; growth and development of meat animals; factors affecting meat production and quality; carcass evaluation; main beef cattle categories (veal calves, heifers, bulls); beef cattle management and feeding; cow-calf production systems - Swine and poultry production (1 ECTS): swine breeds; sow reproduction; sow management and feeding; rearing replacement females; rearing and finishing techniques of light and heavy pigs; egg and poultry meat production
Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry;
morphology and phisiology of digestive system,
reproductive apparatus and mammary gland; basic
knowledge of nutrition and feeding of both monogastric
and ruminant animals
Preparatory instructions:  Info not available
Learning materials:  - Notes from the course lessons - Online course:
http://ariel.unimi.it/User/Default.aspx
Other info:  The examination consists of a written test and an oral test
both at the end of the course. The written test is
organized in 6 open questions relating to both
the teaching units that make up the course. The oral test
consists mainly of a discussion of the written
results.
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