This course is intended to provide veterinary students with a foundation in livestock production systems where livestock (cattle (beef and dairy), small ruminants, pigs and poultry) are grazed on rangelands or pastures or where they are managed in high densities. The course will introduce uses of production livestock, outline basics of livestock industries, animal identification, production targets and data recording.
Students will learn about animal husbandry and management of livestock including housing, management of climate, provision of water and feed (incuding agronomy in pastoral systems and feed provision in intensive systems), waste management and biosecurity. Students will be taught about the link between livestock husbandry and management and production and health issues, how to identify poor husbandry or management practices and how to make positive husbandry/management changes on-farm. The course will also cover production cycles, general reproductive management and routine interventions.
Students will visit local farms and facilities where they will learn how to assess husbandry systems for pigs, poultry and cattle. During these visits students will also assess the respective production systems, in particular routine management practices and farm outputs (productivity). Where appropriate, students will handle pigs, poultry and cattle, providing opportunity to both observe and practice good stockmanship.