This unit of study is composed of two parts, a Poultry Production component and a Pig Production component. The course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the production of eggs and poultry meat and pork. The individual components examine various aspects of the poultry and pig production systems important in maintaining efficiency and profitability. It investigates aspects of breeding, nutrition, housing, growth performance, heath, welfare, reproductive capability, waste management, marketing and current industry issues. This unit will expand on some aspects of previous year 3 units of study in animal structure and function, nutrition and reproduction. There is a broiler growth study which comprises a significant part of the practical work in the Poultry component. There is a strong emphasis on assessment being built into the course work as this is considered to be more relevant to learning in the final year.
6 hours per week; visits to an intensive pig/poultry farm, feed mill and poultry production and processing units when biosecurity restrictions allow
Written exam (50%) (poultry and pigs 50:50), in course evaluations and case study - pigs (25%), broiler growth study report and in course evaluations - poultry (25%)
There is no single text that adequately covers the Australian pig industry and for this reason no formal text is required.
(Animal and Veterinary Bioscience years 1-3) OR (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture years 1-3)