Production, reproduction and animal health: monitoring and management

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aims of the course are to broaden and deepen the scientific and applicative knowledge on the breeding of livestock (dairy and meat), with particular regard to the use and interpretation of data collected at farm for the monitoring and management of the systems in order to increase sustainability, animal welfare and the efficiency of livestock systems.
Expected learning outcomes
Tools and methods for the technical evaluation of livestock farms, and for the management activity within the livestock sector. In particular, the student will acquire the ability to use and interpret data from sensors for correct monitoring and management of modern, efficient and sustainable farms.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The teaching modality will be mixed: with remote synchronous lessons, asynchronous lessons and moments in presence such as those at Lombard production farms.
Remote synchronous lessons will foresee student interactions through dedicated 'classes'.
The exam will take place remotely
Course syllabus
The topics discussed will always start from an updated assessment of the systems that allow monitoring of the various aspects of breeding. In particular, the aspects of monitoring and management of production, reproduction and animal health in cattle, pork and poultry farming will be explored. The management aspects of the different breeding phases will be explored (young animals, animals in production and reproduction phase).
Prerequisites for admission
Animal science studies
Teaching methods
The course will take place for the most part in the classroom with lectures and small barn data processing using excel. The course also includes trips to production facilities.
Teaching Resources
slides from lectures and papers
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination. You will be asked to tackle an application theme by framing the topic and giving numerical examples on the subject.
We will try to cover the different areas addressed (milk / meat production). We will evaluate the synthesis, exposure and processing capacity.
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Zucali Maddalena