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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073878, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MAURIZIO RAMANZIN AGR/19
Other lecturers ROBERTO MANTOVANI AGR/17

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1  Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 RAMANZIN MAURIZIO (Presidente)
MANTOVANI ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of physics, chemistry, biology and agronomy
Target skills and knowledge: The students will learn how to classify and describe livestock systems and will have an understanding of how their interaction and trade–offs with environment and human needs can be managed to improve sustainability.
Examination methods: Written exam, with short open questions
Assessment criteria: Correct use of specific definitions and terminology; understanding of the addressed topics; ability to discuss connections between them in an independent way
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons: 4 CFUs; seminars and farm visits: 2 CFUs
Additional notes about suggested reading: There are no single textbooks for this course. Teaching material (PPT slides, specific readings, ect.) is available at: (Piattaforma Moodle di Scuola)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)