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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGL1000542, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0325, 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 OF CATTLE
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 Italian
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 GIULIO COZZI AGR/19

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: The student should have some basic knowledge on the anatomy and physiology of dairy and beef cattle and in-depth information on the principles of ruminant nutrition and feeding.
Target skills and knowledge: The student acquires in-depth knowledge on modern farming systems of dairy and beef cattle. Different dairy and beef farming systems will be analyzed assessing their impact on yield and food quality, animal welfare as well as on farm economics and environmental sustainability.
Examination methods: At the end of the teaching semester, there will be a written final exam made of a multiple choice test. In the following sessions of the Academic calendar, the exam is oral and it will consist of at least of 3 main questions addressed to different topics covered by the course with the following insights.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will take into account the student's understanding of the topics covered by the lectures as well as his ability to apply these knowledge in an autonomous and professional manner.
Course unit contents: The course has the following framework with the relative credits (ECTS)
- Analysis of the domestic dairy sector, strengths and weaknesses. Intensive and extensive dairy farming systems (1 ECTS).
- Management of reproduction in cattle. Reproduction schemes in dairy farms. Fertility parameters and fertility problems in dairy cattle (1 ECTS).
- Management calendar of the dairy cow. Calving and early care of the calf, lactation curve, dry and transition period. Milking procedure and prevention of mastitis (1 ECTS).
- Basic principles of dairy cattle welfare and main risk factors related to farm housing and herd management (1 ECTS).
- Weaning and rearing of breeding heifers (1 ECTS).
- Beef and veal calf production in Italy, strengths and weaknesses of the domestic sector (1 ECTS).
- Veal calf production - farming systems, feeding programs and animal welfare (1 ECTS).
- Beef cattle production - farming systems, feeding program and animal welfare (1 ECTS).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is made of a series of lectures and educational seminars supported by specific practical trainings carried out at the dairy facility of the Experimental Farm of the University of Padova and by technical visits to commercial veal and beef cattle farms.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for classroom teaching is available in PDF format on the web platform
The materila might be supplemented by specific scientific literature.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Succi G. Hoffmann I., La Vacca da Latte. Milano: Città Studi, 1993. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dell’Orto V., Savoini G., Alimentazione della vacca da latte. Bologna: Edagricole, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Action learning
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Climate Action