|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
The module develops an understanding of the specific problems and challenges which the tropics present to animal production. The Syllabus covers: Definitions, resources and uses; breeding principles; nutritional principles; species and factors which affect their performance and production; disease and health.
Definitions, Resources and Uses
Definition of the tropics (this may include areas outside of geographical tropics)
Resources available in human/land/animal/climate term
Uses of livestock. Meat, milk, draft. Fibre production and sociological aspects
Improved types versus indigenous breeds
The role of Crossbreeding and new breed development.
Feeds available and their value/limitations (foreges, cereals, proteins)
Production differences between temperature/tropical grasses. Seasonality/rainfall effects.
Improvement using technology (eg urea treatment of straw)
Alternative feeds and by-products not important in temperate areas. Molasses, sugar cane, cassave, bananas, rice.
Species and Factors which affect their Performance and Production
Sheep and goats
Pigs and Poultry
Disease and Health
Review of diseases of livestock that are peculiar to tropical regions like redwater fever, naplasmosis etc. Posible effects and means of control
Lectures one two or more specifi tropical countries looking at the features which influence animal productivity in these countries. To be given by invited speakers from the countries concerned.
|Category||Activity||Number||Length||Student Hours||Academic Staff Contact Hours||Comment|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||0:00||Preparation for advisory report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||13:00||13:00||0:00||Revision for and completion of Semester 2 examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||28:00||28:00||0:00||Reading beyond the delivered material|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||22||1:00||22:00||0:00||Compilation and follow-up of lecture materials|
Lectures provide students with information and understanding on tropical animal production.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||80||2 questions from 5|
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|ACE8025||Tropical Animal Production||2||N/A|
|Written exercise||2||M||20||Advisory report (1000 words)|
The written examination tests the students understanding of concepts developed in the lecture programme. The continous assessment advisory report tests the development of transferable skills as well as the acquisition of knowledge.
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