The goal of the course production is to have students able to understand:
- the relevance of livestock systems;
- the main management principles implicated in different livestock systems;
- the different feeding behavior of grazing animals;
- the relationship between grazing animal management and pastures.
Finally, At the end of the course students will have developed a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each livestock system. This allows the student to understand the potential relationships between environmental, economic and social aspects interacting in the rural-forest context.
The economic relevance of livestock productions.
Main approaches used to classify global livestock systems.
The ecological equilibrium of pastures in mediterranean areas;
The proper use of pastures in livestock production.
The grazing behavior of different livestock species;
Dairy sheep system: main feeding strategies and farm management;
Dairy goats system: main feeding strategies and farm management;
Dairy cattle system: main feeding strategies and farm management;
Cattle beef system: main feeding strategies and farm management;
Swine systems: main feeding strategies and farm management.
Main environmental impact assessment of livestock production on animal food quality.
Basic informations about the impact of livestock production on environment
L’alimentazione degli ovini da latte, ed. G. Pulina;
L’alimentazione della capra da latte, ed. G. Pulina;
Tecniche di produzione animale, Bittante et al.
Slides used for lectures and seminars