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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Livestock and Equine Production Science

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Block 3
Programme level Full Degree Master
ECTS 15 ECTS
Course responsibles
  • Anders Ringgaard Kristensen (3-63746d4275777066306d7730666d)
    Overall course responsibility
  • Christian Fink Hansen (3-65686a4275777066306d7730666d)
    Pig track
  • Hanne Helene Hansen (3-6a6a6a4275777066306d7730666d)
    Cattle track
  • Department of Large Animal Sciences
Course number: SASK16002U

Course content

The students must learn to view animal production from a production unit systems perspective. The core of the course is project work consisting of analysis and evaluation of all significant production, performance and health related aspects of a professional livestock herd. In addition to production animals (defined as pigs, cattle, poultry and fur animals), also equine herds (stud farms, riding schools etc.) may be analyzed. It is a precondition for working with other animal species than pigs and dairy cows that at least 4 students choose to work with the species in question. Students are required to inform the overall course responsible before the 15th of December which of the permitted animal species they wish to work with in the course.

The analysis must systematically address all basic production factors and for each factor (animals, feed, farm buildings and equipment, labor and management, veterinary services) the following problems are addressed:

- What is the current allocation of the factor in the herd (amounts, composition, quality)? 
- What are the effects of the current factor allocation on production results (including performance and health)?
- What are the effects of the current factor allocation on the attributes of the farmer's utility? The following attributes must be considered: Monetary income, animal welfare, work load, working environment, environmental impact and product quality.
- What are the short term and long term constraints imposed on the allocation of the factor? Constraints resulting from interactions with other factors and from long term decisions must be included. 
- What are the opportunities for adjusting the allocation of the factor in order to better meet the objectives of the farmer as expressed by the attributes of his utility? 

In relation to the project work, independent statistical analyses of production, performance or health data can be included. The course will, to a great extent, make use of contacts with researchers and experts from University of Aarhus and the relevant industries and farmer advisory services.

Learning outcome

The objective of the course is to become able to independently perform a scientifically sound and holistic analysis and evaluation of all major production and health related aspects of an animal production unit.

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge:
- Show an overview of theories, principles and methods for concurrent combination and regulation of the production factors in such a way that a given (multi-attribute) objective is satisfied optimally within the constraints imposed on the production. 
- Describe the relationships between factor allocation, production constraints and objectives in animal production.

Skills:
- Apply holistic methods for analysis and evaluation of all production and health related aspects of a given animal production unit.

Competencies:
- Discuss production systems and production plans in relation to animal welfare as well as the environmental and other societal concerns.

Mandatory prerequisites

Students are required to inform the overall course responsible before the 15th of December which of the permitted animal species they wishes to work with in the course.

Remarks

Partly coordinated with the veterinary differentiation for production animals.

Education

MSc Programme in Animal Science - compulsory

Studyboard

The Study Board for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

Course type

Single subject courses (day)

Teacher

Bjarne Schmidt Bjerg

Duration

1 block
There is no teaching in Block week 8 of the course

Schedulegroup

B And C
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Teaching and learning methods

The course is based on project work in groups of 4-6 students. Initially, there will be lectures and discussions across groups and animal species. The agenda for the analysis of each factor within the chosen herd will be, approximately, as follows:
1) Definition of the factor and identification of the decisions addressing the use of the factor.
2) Identification, quantification and evaluation of all aspects of the factor in relation to the herd. Concurrent lectures and exercises supporting the analysis may be given.
3) Presentation of the analysis of the factor in a seminar.

Student initiated seminars originating from the project work can be included in the course. The course involves several visits to a herd and to some extent cooperation with researchers from University of Aarhus. It is strongly recommended that the students collaborate with the usual consultant and/or veterinarian visiting the herd. Even though the course language is English, students must understand that Danish farm owners are not necessarily competent in English. Most of the written material available about the farm will be in Danish.

Capacity

No limit

Language

English

Literature

Academic literature identification, interpretation and evaluation is a core element due to the project nature of the course.

Workload

Category Hours
Project work 250
Guidance 15
Colloquia 25
Lectures 25
Preparation 47
Excursions 30
Practical exercises 10
Exam 10
English 412

Exam (Written assignment, oral exam (Cource certificate))

Type of assessment

Written assignment
Oral examination, 35 minutes
A project report must be submitted. Oral presentation and defence of project report.
Weight: Oral examination 75 %; Project report 25 % .

Aid

All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be able to:

Knowledge:

At the oral exam:
- Show an overview of theories, principles and methods for concurrent combination and regulation of the production factors in such a way that a given (multi-attribute) objective is satisfied optimally within the constraints imposed on the production.
- Describe the relationships between factor allocation, production constraints and objectives in animal production.
 

Skills:

In the project report:
- Apply holistic methods for analysis and evaluation of all production and health related aspects of a given animal production unit.
 

Compencies:

At the oral exam:
- Discuss production systems and production plans in relation to animal welfare as well as the environmental and other societal concerns.

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