Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Tropical Livestock Production, 5.0 credits

The course is offered as independent course

The course focuses on the role and importance of livestock for tropical agriculture and for human nutrition and food security. Production systems for the main livestock species at smallholder level are discussed, in particular feeding and management strategies based on the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, including integrated and peri-urban systems. Also covered are factors that influence the nutritional value of tropical plants, the most important tropical diseases of livestock, utilisation of extensive pastures, the most important livestock breeds, and suitable breeding strategies for sustainable production systems in the tropics.

Prerequisites

The equivalent of 120 credits including 90 credits in Animal Science, Biology or Rural Development. Skills in English equivalent to English B from upper secondary school in Sweden.

Time

17 Jan - 27 Mar 2011, 35%, Daytime

Cycle
Advanced
Subjects
Animal Science, Biology
Application code
SLU-30031
Location
Uppsala
Distance
No
Language
English

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Cooperating departments

Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Course leader

Ewa Wredle
Telephone: 018-672699
E-mail: Ewa.Wredle@huv.slu.se

Literature/links

Here you will find the reading list for the course and some useful links

Lecture Production systems for small and large ruminants

Milking management of dairy buffalos

Cows nutritional status

Foraging of goat and sheep

Goat production

Heat stress

Mastitis

Milk hygiene

Sheep production

Van, sheep and goat

Other

Livestock Friend or Foe?
The need to look at production systems in the debate about livestock and climate changes.

Livestock and climate change

The Livestock Revolution: An opportunity for poor farmers

Links

Project work

Instructions for project work

Computer exercise

Databases exercise

Databases tutorial

Evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed, click here to see the results.

Contacts

Kursledare

Ewa Wredle
huv, idisslare, näringslära och skötsel
Ewa.Wredle@slu.se
018-672699, 070-3235232

Kursadministratörer

Lisa Andrée
huv, idisslare, näringslära och skötsel
lisa.andree@slu.se
018-671634

Anita Liljeholm
huv, gemensamt
Anita.Liljeholm@slu.se
018-671668

Margareta Norinder
huv, gemensamt
Margareta.Norinder@slu.se
018-672817

Student representative

Cecilia Stattin
x07cest1@stud.slu.se

Syllabus

HV0084 Tropical Livestock Production, 5.0 credits

Tropisk husdjursproduktion

The course is given Agricultural Science Programme - Animal Science, Agriculture Programme - Rural Development, Agriculture Programme (admission before 1 July 2007), Animal Breeding and Genetics - Erasmus Mundus Master´s Programme, Animal Science - Master´s Programme, Animal Science - Master´s Programme (Husdjursvetenskap), Master of Science Programme in Animal Science and Animal Science - Bachelor´s Programme

Syllabus approved: 2009-11-19  (from SS 2010)

Versions:     1.  SS 2010  -  

Subjects: Animal Science/Biology

Areas within Biology: Zoology

Education cycle: Advanced cycle

Advanced study in the main field: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements (A1N)

Marking scale: 5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Prerequisites:
The equivalent of 120 credits including 90 credits in Animal Science, Biology or Rural Development. Skills in English equivalent to English B from upper secondary school in Sweden.

Objective:
After passing this course, the student should be able to:

- explain the role of livestock in agriculture, food supply, poverty alleviation and interactions with the environment in developing countries
- describe and critically evaluate different forms of animal production systems under tropical conditions, with a focus on small-scale integrated systems
- describe the usage of commonly occurring tropical feedstuffs
- broadly describe the most important diseases of livestock and their significance for both humans and animals in the tropics, and also describe the most important means of disease control
- describe and analyse breeding strategies and the suitability of different animal genetic resources and their use for sustainable animal production under tropical conditions

Content
The course covers aspects of livestock production under tropical conditions. For example; different animal production systems, feeding and management strategies, nutritional values and intake of typical tropical feeds, suitability and improvement of different animal genetic resources and important tropical diseases of livestock. The course consists of lectures and exercises covering the different topics included in the course. The students also write a literature review which will be presented at the end of the course.

Implementation
    Scheduled activities Hours Compulsory
     - Lectures approx. 20
     - Exercises approx. 10 Yes
     - Examination and evaluation approx. 5
     - Reporting of project work approx. 10 Yes
    Individual studies, not scheduled
     - Literature studies approx. 60
     - Project work approx. 30

    Total approx. 135

Requirements for examination:
Passed written and /or oral exam. Approved reporting of project work and approval of compulsory components of the course

  • If there are grounds for it and if it is possible, the examiner is entitled to set supplementary assignments for a student who has not obtained a pass grade on an exam.
  • If a student has a decision from SLU about special pedagogic support due to functional disability, the examiner may set an adapted exam or select an alternative testing method.
  • If this course syllabus is changed or if this course is cancelled, SLU must decide on transitional rules for the assessment of a student who was admitted under the previous course syllabus and has not yet been approved.

Additional information
It is recommended that the student has knowledge equivalent to 15 credits within the area of nutritional physiology - feed science.

  • A student who has been admitted to and registered on a course is entitled to receive teaching and/or supervision only for the course date he/she was admitted to.
  • A student who for special reasons is unable to participate in compulsory elements, is entitled an opportunity to recover those elements during a course given at a later date. More information is available in the regulations for education.

Responsible department
Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Cooperating departments
Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Location
Uppsala


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