cod. 1004802

Academic year 2017/18
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Zootecnica speciale (AGR/19)
Discipline delle produzioni animali
Type of training activity
47 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

D1 – Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Know the structural and management characteristics of livestock farming
2. Describe the main qualitative characteristics of products of animal origin, mainly milk and meat;
3. Know legislation about animal welfare in livestock farming and its application on the field.

D2 – applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Recognize the main livestock farming structure and understand its working principle and its efficiency;
2. Evaluate the efficiency of a livestrock farm.
3. verify the respect of animal welfare legislation in field conditions

D3 – Making judgements
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Explain parametrs concerning productive and reproductive aspects of livestock farming ;
2. General evaluation of animal welfare level in farm.

D4 – Communication skills
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Express clearly and with appropriate terminology during description of concepts concerning livestock farming and animal welfare.

D5 – Learning skills
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Learn concepts relative to the transformation of animal products;
2. Understand of new livestock farming systems (e.g. precision livestock farming)


Prerequisites: 1004801 - Anatomia, Embriologia, Istologia degli Animali Domestici; 16964 - Biologia Animale e Vegetale and 1004803 - Zootecnica Generale, Miglioramento Genetico e Biodiversità

Course unit content

Breeding of dairy cattle: categories of animals, reproductive and productive cycle, production and characteristics of milk, rearing typologies
Beef cattle: growing, categories of animals, classification of carcasses, characteristics of meat, rearing modalities
Production of pork meat: categories of animals, breeding and classification of carcasses, pork meat categories (PRN, DFD, PSE).
Poultry breeding for the production of meat and eggs.
Animal welfare: definition, regulation and evaluation criteria.

Full programme

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The students can find the power point presentation projected in classroom on ELLY web portal. AA:VV. Benessere Animale . Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale Umbria e Marche Editore, 2010
AA.VV. Etologia applicata e benessere animale. Vol. I e II. Point Veterinarie Italie, Milano, 2008
ALAIS C.: Scienza del latte - principi di tecnologia del latte e derivati. Ed. Tecniche Nuove, Milano,1984
BITTANTE G., ANDRIGHETTO L., RAMANZIN M.: Tecniche di produzione animale. Liviana Ed., Torino, 1993
CATALANO A.L.: Valutazione morfo-funzionale del cavallo. Igiene ed etnologia. Goliardica Ed., Parma, 1984
MEREGALLI A.: Conoscenza morfofunzionale degli animali domestici. Liviana Editrice, 1980.
MONETTI P.G.: Allevamento dei bovini e dei suini. Cristiano Giraldi Ed., Città di Castello (PG), 2001.
MONTEMURRO N. Igiene zootecnica. Edagricole, Bologna, 2002.
NAPOLITANO F., DE ROSA G., GRASSO F., Comportamento e benessere degli animali in produzione zootecnica. Aracne Editrice, Roma, 2007
PARIGI BINI R., SOMEDA DE MARCO A.: Zootecnica Speciale dei Bovini. Produzione della carne. Patton Ed., Bologna, 1989
SUCCI G.: Zootecnia speciale. Città Studi Ed., Milano, 1995
SUCCI G., HOFFMANN I.: La vacca da latte. Città Studi Ed., Milano, 1993

Teaching methods

During the lectures in the classroom, with the use of audio-visual facilities the characteristics of livestock farm animals, the characteristics of their productions will be presented. The lessons will also be supplemented by seminars to deepen some specific issues.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of expected learning results described in D1 and parti of those described in D2, D3, D4 and D5, is carried out by oral examination, with ten questions: five for the assessment of the knowledge, the understanding, the capacity of making judgements and communication skills of the students; five for the assessment of the capacity of the student to apply knowledge to solve a practical problem in livestock farming. To the students with diagnosis of specific learning disability (DSA) certified under law n. 170/2010, proper specific support will be provided.

Other information

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