69931 - Cattle and Sheep Production

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire basic knowledge on farming systems and their evaluation with particular regard to bovines and ovines. At the end of the course, students are expected toknow morpho-functional aspects of the main dairy, beef and ovine breeds, farming technologies and their relationship with products quality.

Course contents

Cattle production -

  • Dairy production: dairy cattle breeds. Calf care and weaning. Heifer breeding. High yield dairy cow: management throughout the different production phases. Dairy farm facilities. Automatic milking procedures. Factors affecting milk production and quality.
  • Beef production: beef cattle breeds. Extensive and intensive beef cattle production; farming systems for young bulls and veal husbandry, and their effects on animal performance and meat quality. Carcass evaluation.
  • Ovine production: breeds and rearing systems


Slides and relevant literature available in the Teacher's university web site

Teaching methods

Teams platform, Lectures and in-farm activities.

Assessment methods

Oral exam aimed at identifying the level of knowledge and competence achieved through general and species-specific questions. In addition to knowledge, the skills of expression and connection will be as well evaluated. Booking for the examination can be esclusively done by means of Alma Esami web system. The examinations take place every month (indicatively).

Teaching tools

Teams platform, PC slides, internet, laboratories, in-farm activities.

Office hours

See the website of Giovanna Martelli