Poultry and pig farmers are faced with ever increasing challenges, from the increasing demand for affordable meat and eggs to the ever-present issues related to welfare and wellbeing of these traditionally intensively managed animals. This unit will investigate poultry and pig production with an emphasis towards giving you an understanding of the pig meat, poultry meat and whole egg industries under Australian conditions. You will examine and evaluate various aspects of the poultry and pig production systems important in maintaining efficiency and profitability. Current challenges in pig and poultry productions and hot topics in research will be discussed in lectures. Through examining aspects such as breeding, nutrition, housing, growth, performance, health and welfare you will develop practical skills that can be applied to aid local and international poultry and pig farmers as they strive to produce food of the highest quality in a sustainable and ethical fashion.
approximately 6 hrs/week: lecture 2-3 hrs/week, tutorial or MCQ 2hr/fortnight
in-class MCQs x 4 (20%), efficacy and welfare written report (20%), group assignment virtual piggery (10%), final exam (50%)
Familiarity with data analysis and animal handling.
12 credit points from (ANSC3101 or AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX or FOOD2000 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2001 or GENE2002 or ITLS2000)Prohibitions