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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073878, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 RAMANZIN MAURIZIO (Presidente)
MANTOVANI ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
2  Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 RAMANZIN MAURIZIO (Presidente)
MANTOVANI ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of physics, chemistry, biology and agronomy
Target skills and knowledge: The students will acquire understanding of:
basics of livestock feeding; livestock farming systems;
global and local trends of animal products demand and of livestock farming systems;
the impacts of livestock farming on climate, air, water and soil quality, and biodiversity; the mitigation actions and strategies;
the potential benefits for humanity associated with livestock farming systems, within the Ecosystem Services framework.
This will enable students to classify and describe livestock systems and to evaluate critically how their interaction and trade–offs with environment and human needs can be managed to improve sustainability.
Examination methods: written exam
Assessment criteria: The written exam will verify:
the knowledge of the topics acquired by the student;
his ability to describe topics critically and with correct terminology;
his ability to make logic connections between the course topics;
his ability to express judgements on the synergies and trade-offs associated with productive, environmental and socio-cultural aspects of livestock systems.
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: The concepts of each section will be illustrated with: lectures; discussions with reference to case studies; students’ exercises; guided visits to livestock farms. Lectures: 4 CFUs; discussions, exercise and farms' 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)
  • FAO, Livestock's long shadow: environmental issues and options. Rome: FAO, --. donwload at
  • FAO, Tackling climate change through livestock: a global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities. Rome: FAO, --. download at

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land