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Additional course evaluations for HV0158

Academic year 2021/2022

Ruminant production (HV0158-20008) 2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Ruminant production (HV0158-20036) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Ruminant production (HV0158-20126) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Ruminant production (HV0158-20130) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

HV0158 Ruminant production, 15.0 Credits

Animalieproduktion – Idisslare

Syllabus approved



Animal science Agricultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Dairy cows 8.00 1002
Beef cattle, sheep and reindeer 7.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading 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.



Prior knowledge



The aim of the course is to provide the student with in-depth knowledge of production systems with ruminants, mainly based on conditions in Sweden. The student practices solving problems and formulating recommendations for feeding, breeding and management of ruminants in various production systems.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- explain the importance of ruminants for agriculture and the surrounding society as well as trends for future production and animal husbandry with the main focus on Sweden, but with a global outlook,
- analyze production systems with ruminants in terms of efficiency, profitability factors, reproduction, animal health and animal welfare,
- formulate feeding and management recommendations for ruminants based on the requirements of the animals, available feed and economic conditions,
- describe and discuss opportunities for genetic progress in traits that are important for the production, reproduction and health of ruminants,
- describe the design of breeding programs in milk and meat production and compare these between different animal species,
- give an overview of measures for preventive health care and infection control and routines in animal management to promote animal health and animal welfare,
- give an overview of factors that affect the quality properties of the end products,
- report the most common housing systems, herd dynamics and technical solutions that exist in different production systems for ruminants,
- know which stakeholders in the industry and in society that affects the conditions for ruminant production,
- overview of the long-term sustainability of production systems and give examples of measures for improvement.


The course is about the production of milk and meat as well as other products and services from ruminants, with emphasis on long-term sustainability in the production system as well as efficiency, animal health, animal welfare, fertility, housing, technology, economy and effects on the environment. The course deals with production systems with ruminants in Sweden in relation to other countries. The course deals with animal species in relation to the importance of production in industry and the national economy. This means that the emphasis will be on the production of meat and milk from cattle. However, the course also concerns production with other ruminants that occur in Sweden, mainly reindeer and sheep. The course includes lectures, exercises, student-activating teaching and study trips.

Mandatory tasks occur, for example, exercises, case studies, seminars, group work and study visits.

In the course, the student practices the following general skills: oral and written presentation, problem solving with reality-based cases that reflect the real complexity at farm level, and optimization.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Costs for study visits may apply.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Replaces: HV0061, LB0046
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Animal Science Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Animal science Agricultural science
Course code: HV0158 Application code: SLU-20146 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Animal Nutrition and Management Pace: 100%