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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7082277, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
MV0991, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in VETERINARY MEDICINE (Ord. 2017)

Teacher in charge PAOLO BERZAGHI AGR/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 5.0
Core courses AGR/20 Animal Husbandry 3.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 2
Lecture 7.0 70 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BERZAGHI PAOLO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: The student must have acquired knowledge on anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract and the mammary gland of farm animals (cattle, pigs, sheeps and goats) and on anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract of companion animals (dogs and cats). The student must be able to identify different feeds, and to know their chemical composition and nutritional value.Must have completed Animal Nutrition and economy; Animal genetics
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire knowledge on husbandry techniques for farm and companion animals and the potential problems leading to metabolic disorders, body lesions, reduction of productive performances and to reproductive problems. The student must be able to provide solutions for maximizing farm profitability and animal welfare.
Examination methods: Animal Husbandry

Written final test in English
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluate on their acquired knowledge and their capacity to critically analyze different scenarios of problems related to animal production management
Course unit contents: Animal Husbadry

Dairy Cows. Milk market in Italy and Europe and future production perspective. Feeding management: ration balancing and feeding techniques. Efficiency parameters for production and reproduction. Weaning and heifer management. Prepartum preparation with the objective of preventing metabolic disorders. Milk quality. Dry period.

Beef cattle: the meat market in Italy and Europe and future production perspective. Production techniques in relation of the stocker type. Production goals. Feeding of fattening beef and meat quality.

Swine: Pork market in Italy and Europe and future production perspective. Pork quality in relation to the production of cured ham. Managing sows for maximum productive and reproductive performances. Raising young sows. Pregnancy and parturition. Managing piglets. Lactation and dry period. Weaning and fattening

Goats: Managing dairy goats

Poultry Science: 1.5 CFU
1. Poultry Market, Production Chain, Housing and Equipments
2. Poultry breeds and commercial hybrids. Genetics outline
3. Egg composition and quality
4. Egg artificial incubation
5. Poultry nutrition and feeding
6. Broiler farming
7. Hen farming
8. Seminars on “hot topics” in poultry science

Rabbit Science: 1.5 CFU
1. Rabbit Market, Production Chain, Housing and Equipments
2. Rabbit breeds and commercial hybrids
3. Rabbit Nutrition and feeding
4. Anatomy and physiology of reproduction (outlines)
5. Reproductive Rhythms
6. Rabbit farming techniques: reproduction, weaning, fattening
7. Seminars on “hot topics” in rabbit science
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Animal Husbadry

The course is taught in English with lectures using slides. During lectures, problem are formulated and solved together. Rapid evaluation of understanding is tested in class. Ration formulation is practiced at the computer lab using a spreadsheet supplied by the instructor

The course will have 40 hours of lectures, 5 hours at the PC with the Farm simulator and 5 hours at the PC for diet balancing exercises

In-class lectures: 30 hours
Additional notes about suggested reading: Dairy Cows
Hoard’s Dairyman
Penn State Extention
Univ of Wisconsin
Cornell University
Iowa Pork Industry Center
North Carolina State University Swine Husbandry
Ohio Pork Industry Center
University of Nebraska Pork Central
Illini Pork Net
Purdue Pork Page
University of Minnesota Swine Extension
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • • AA.VV.,, Avicoltura e Coniglicoltura. Milano: : Le Point Vétérinaire Italie Srl, 2008, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • • Marcella Battaglini e Cesare Castellini, Dispense di Coniglicoltura. --: --, --.
  • • Cesare Castellini, , Dispense di avicoltura.. --: --, --.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Questioning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Top Hat (active quiz, quiz)