Rabbit breeding - Genetics and selection. Breeds. Industrial crossroads. Hybrids. Anatomy and physiology of the digestive system. Ciecotrophy. Estrous cycle. Induced ovulation. Lactation. Breeding of breeders. Management of the male. Sexual maturity and genetic type. Habitat. Management of the female. Sexual receptivity. Insemination technique. Order of delivery. Lactation. Pseudopregnancy. Body status. strategies to improve reproductive performance. Hormonal interventions. Biostimulation. Food programs. Luminous programs. Male effect. Reproductive rhythms. Breeding in the colony of the mares. Breeding technology. Hygienic-environmental factors. Cycled breeding system. Nutrition. Compound feed and feeding of different production categories. Feeding of young rabbits. Energy deficit. Feeding the growing rabbit. Feeding of breeding males. Meat quality. Effects of production factors on meat quality.
Aviculture - Evolution and description of the poultry sector. Genetics and selection. Breeds. Commercial hybrids. Anatomy and physiology. Artificial fertilization. Light program. Breeding techniques. Intensive breeding. Environmental conditioning. Breeding of breeding chickens (Production of hatching eggs). Nutrition. Microclimate. Breeding the laying hen (Production of eggs for consumption). Cages for laying hens. Artificial incubation. Breeding of broilers. Slaughter and refrigeration. Composition and nutritional value of chicken meat. The egg. Composition. Conservation. Hygiene and prophylaxis in poultry farms.
The module will consist of classroom teaching which will provide students with theoretical knowledge and main instruments to get skills in the poultry and rabbit chains. The practical activities will consist of technical visits of model poultry and rabbit farms to analyse in field the management techniques and the problems of farms besides understanding their economical and productive dimension.
Oral exam. Students will have to demonstrate theorical knowledge and practical skills as well as the capability of critically analysing and solving problems of management in the poultry and rabbit production chains with emphasis on the techniques of animal rearing and feeding, improvement of animal welfare and management, reduction of breeding pollution and evaluation of product quality.