|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Agriculture and Environmental Science|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||17 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: AGR1101 and BIO2103
Animal breeding underpins the production of meat, milk and fibre. Ensuring a high reproductive rate is critical for the productivity and sustainability of animal production systems. Consequently, it is important for animal agriculture professionals to have a detailed understanding of animal reproduction so they critically evaluate and assess animal breeding programs to identify efficiencies and opportunities for improvement. This course will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to implement and analyse animal breeding programs and identify reasons for poor reproductive performance within animal production systems. Throughout lectures and practicals held during a residential school, students will build on the foundational knowledge gained in BIO2103 Biology 2 to develop a detailed understanding of animal breeding as it pertains to production animals in both extensive and intensive production systems.
This course examines animal breeding; covering topics such as reproductive anatomy and physiology, reproductive disorders, artificial insemination/breeding, embryo transfers and breeding program development as they pertain to animal agriculture. Emerging technologies in animal breeding are also examined.
This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students.