SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS

Second cycle degree in SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Campus: LEGNARO (PD)

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: MAURIZIO RAMANZIN

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Fundamentals of physics, chemistry, biology and agronomy
Examination methods: Written exam, with short open questions
Course unit contents: This course examines livestock production following a system approach that integrates animals, environment and management, analysing the main interactions between them. Topics are summarized below.
Classification of livestock production systems: land use, feeds and livestock categories used, livestock products, production technologies, geographic locations. Livestock systems and production of human edible foods, animal foods and relations with human health, well-being and cultures. Basics of animal nutrition and feeding, parameters and indicators of feed resources use, production intensity and efficiency, animal welfare. Livestock systems and impacts on environment (soil, water, air and climate), nutritional, technological and management mitigation strategies. Livestock precision farming, organic livestock farming. Livestock systems and ecosystem services/benefits: food nutritional properties, livestock genetic resources, natural biodiversity, cultural landscape and heritage.