AGRI30030 Livestock Production Systems

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 51 hours comprised of 22 hours of lectures, 9 hours of practicals and 2 x 10 hour fieldtrips
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

A physiology or nutrition subject at level 2 such as:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Brendan Cullen



Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide an introduction to the principles and practices in effective operation and improvement of the major livestock industries in Australia. This subject will cover:

  • The major livestock industries in terms of size, distribution and value
  • Factors that determine the location of the different industries in southern Australia
  • Basic annual and seasonal cycles of production
  • The feedbase for ruminant and non-ruminant industries
  • Basic inputs and outputs, i.e. the roles of genetics, environment, nutrition, reproductive efficiency and health in setting the opportunities and constraints
  • Practices that influence profitability, environmental impact
  • Product quality
  • New and emerging animal industries
  • Current and future issues affecting industry development, e.g. welfare and human health concerns
Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be:

  • Aware of all the major inputs and products of an animal production system, for a range of animal industries
  • Able to understand the effects of changes in inputs and/or outputs on the efficiency of the production system
  • Able to analyse animal production systems in terms of their biological efficiency, and identify ways of improving their efficiency
  • Able to apply scientific principles of growth, reproduction and breeding of animals to the design and management of livestock production systems
  • Able to apply skills in problem solving to practical situations
  • Field trip report 1 (750 words) due in Week 6 (15%)
  • Field trip report 2 (750 words) due in Week 8 (20%)
  • Feed budget assignment (500 words) due in Week 12 (15%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester exam (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject the students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Academic excellence
  • Improved in-depth understanding of scientific understanding of the humane care, and efficient management of farm animals
  • Improved time management
  • Enhanced ability to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agricultural Science
Animal Disease Biotechnology (specialisation of Animal Health and Disease major)
Animal Science and Management
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
Sustainable Production

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