At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify animal contributions to human needs and development of human civilizations.
2. List economically significant beef cattle, sheep, and swine breeds and areas of production.
3. Describe the function of the major body systems and how it relates to production.
4. Identify life cycles and biotechnological principles of animal production.
5. Analyze genetic change through artificial or natural selection.
6. Summarize basic nutritional needs and feeding practices for scientific livestock production.
7. Outline marketing strategies and determine market classification of livestock.
8. Analyze animal behavior as it relates to health and performance.
9. Discuss issues affecting consumer awareness of animal welfare, food safety and the environment.
10. Collect and calculate data used to ensure scientifically based management decisions.
11. Identify career opportunities and requirements for successful employment.
I. Introduction to Animal Agriculture
A. Importance of livestock to the World and United States
B. Economic importance to agriculture
C. Animal contribution to human civilization
D. Industry issues and challenges
E. Ethnic and cultural considerations to animal domestication
II. Careers and Career Preparation in the Animal Sciences
A. Career preparation
B. Employment opportunities in animal production and management in the United States
C. Employment opportunities in international agriculture
D. Future career opportunities in the United States
III. 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
IV. Animal Production
A. Evaluate carcass composition in comparison to the live animal
B. Understanding carcass and performance data
C. Data used for management decisions
D. Food products and processing
E. Marketing classification
F. Trends and future outlook
A. Reproductive organs and their functions
B. Animal breeding
C. Reproductive management and technology
D. Fertility assessment
VI. Anatomy and Physiology
A. Identification of external anatomy for livestock and poultry species
B. Analysis of body systems: reproductive and digestive
A. Introduction and review of genetic principles
B. Inheritance and population genetics
D. Gene modification and interactions
E. Genetic improvement and variation in the livestock industry
A. Classes of nutrients
B. Feeds and feed composition
C. Livestock feeding management practices
D. Growth and development for production livestock
IX. Animal Health
B. Major diseases of farm animals
C. Detecting unhealthy animals
D. Treatment and care
X. Animal Behavior
A. Introduction to ethology
B. Behavioral characteristics
C. Animal handling and safety
XI. The Scientific Method
A. Research in animal agriculture
B. Developing a research model
XII. Issues Affecting the Animal Industry
A. Animal welfare
C. Advances in biotechnology
D. Government and environmental concerns
E. Food safety and consumer awareness
Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social and Industry Perspectives. 6th ed. Damron, Stephen. Pearson. 2017 (classic).
Animal Science and Industry. 8th ed. Cunningham, Merle and Acker, Duane and LaTour, Mickey. Pearson. 2017 (classic).
Modern Livestock and Poultry Production. 9th ed. Flanders, Frank and Gillespie, James. Cengage. 2016 (classic).
Scientific Farm Animal Production. 11th ed. Taylor, Robert and Field, Thomas. Pearson. 2015 (classic).