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Sustainable animal husbandry
Code: G570R-
Teacher:  Anna Alfea Sandrucci
Year: 
Term: 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 5
Other: 1
Basic aims:  The course aims to clarify the role of livestock systems in the
context of agricultural systems and to investigate aspects of the
sustainability of livestock activities in terms of pollution,
production, product quality and animal welfare. It will also provide
the skills and tools for the evaluation of resources and critical
factors of modern farming systems.
Acquired skills:  The student will acquire the knowledge to monitor and improve
the modern livestock systems, thanks to the study of the
parameters of sustainability and the most current research
methods in the field.
Course contents:  The aim of the course is to deepen the relationship between
animal husbandry and sustainability in terms of environmental
impact, food safety and animal welfare. Main topics:
environmental impact of livestock farming and mitigation
strategies; Animal food products and safety: strategies to reduce
the risks; Animal Welfare: stress factors and methods for the
evaluation; Organic livestock farming: general principles and
regulations; Elements of mountain livestock systems
Program:  The aim of the course is to deepen the relationship between
animal husbandry and environmental protection, food safety and
animal welfare. Main topics:
- Livestock farming in Italy and in the rest of the world;
- Livestock farming and environment: excretions, emissions and
non renewable sesources consumption; regulations, evaluation
and mitigation strategies; evaluation of environmental impact
through Life Cycle Assessment.
- Food safety: main risks associated to animal origin food;
regulations and strategies to reduce the risks
- Animal Welfare: stress factors and methods for the evaluation;
regulations concerning animal husbandry, transportation and
slaughtering.
- Organic livestock farming: general principles and regulations
- Elements of mountain livestock farming
Prerequisites:  Students should have basic principles of animal nutrition and
husbandry techniques
Preparatory instructions:  None
Learning materials:  Notes from the course lessons;
Online course on ARIEL UNIMI website (Zootecnia sostenibile)
Other info:  The examination consists of a written test at the
end of the course. In the written test 3 open questions focused
on 3 different topics of the course program. The examination
is focused to ascertain the student's knowledge on the
theoretical aspects of the subject and the ability of
interpretating and identifying connections among
information
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