Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify animal contributions to human needs.
2. List economically significant beef cattle, sheep, and swine breeds and areas of production.
3. Evaluate livestock body conformation and how it relates to function.
4. Identify life cycles and biotechnological principles of animal production.
5. Summarize basic nutritional needs and feeding practices for scientific livestock production.
6. Outline marketing strategies and determine market classification of livestock.
7. Analyze animal behavior as it relates to health and performance.
8. Discuss issues affecting consumer awareness of animal welfare, food safety and the environment.
9. Collect and calculate data used to ensure scientifically-based management decisions.
10. Identify cultural contributions to and ethnic influences on the animal industry.
11. Identify career opportunities and requirements for successful employment.
1. Introduction to Animal Agriculture
a. Importance of livestock to the World and United States
b. Economic importance to agriculture
c. Animal contribution to human needs
d. Industry issues and challenges
e. Ethnic contributions
2. Careers and Career Preparation in the Animal Sciences
a. Career preparation
b. Employment opportunities in animal production and management
c. Employment opportunities in international agriculture
d. Future opportunities
3. Overview of the Livestock Industry
a. The beef cattle and dairy industry
b. The swine industry
c. The sheep and wool industry
d. The poultry industry
e. The horse industry
4. Evaluation and Performance Livestock
a. Identifying external anatomy
b. Evaluating type and conformation
c. Perspective of carcass composition to the live animal
d. Understanding carcass and performance data
5. The Animal Food Industry
a. Food products and processing
b. Marketing classification
c. Consumption and marketing strategies
d. Trends and future outlook
e. Health and nutritional considerations
f. Data used for management decisions
a. Reproductive organs and their functions
b. Animal breeding
c. Mating systems
b. Gene modification and interactions
c. Genetic improvement and variation
d. DNA and RNA
b. Feeds and feed composition
c. Digestive systems
d. Growth and development
9. Animal Health
a. Prevention and the environment
b. Major diseases of farm animals
c. Detecting unhealthy animals
d. Treatment and care
10. Issues Affecting the Animal Industry
a. Animal behavior
b. Animal welfare
c. Advances in biotechnology
d. Government and environmental concerns
e. Food safety and consumer awareness
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
30 - 40%
|Written homework, reports, essay exams||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
10 - 20%
|Homework problems, worksheets||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
40 - 60%
|Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
Scientific Farm Animal Production. Taylor, Robert E. Prentice Hall, 10th edition 2011.
Modern Livestock and Poultry Production. Gillespie, James R. Delmar, 8th edition 2009.
Animal Science and Industry. Cunningham, Merle and Acker Diane. Prentice Hall 7th edition 2004. (classic)