The integrated course Special zootechnics is made up of the modules Rabbit and poultry production, Special zootechnics 1 and Special zootechnics 2. The module Rabbit and poultry production aims to provide knowledge on production chains and rearing systems for broiler chickens, laying hens and meat rabbits. The management of reproductive and growth phases, the nutritional requirements and feeding techniques for poultry and rabbit species and the different productive categories will be discussed in relation to animal welfare, product quality and environmental impact. By means of classroom lessons, seminars and technical visits, the student will acquire the knowledge of digestive physiology and nutritive requirements, and will be able to organize the rearing cycles, to monitor the productive efficiency, to cover the requirements of production factors and to manage the reproductive and growing phases.
The module “Special zootechics 1” is about morphological and functional evaluation of domestic animals, and farm hygiene. Topics presented in the course will be useful for students to acquire the knowledge to perform the morphological evaluation of domestic animal and the management of farm hygiene at the field level. In addition, students will learn to search the right documents, both traditional and electronic ones, regarding animal farming.
The course aims to provide to the students all the useful information to study farming methods and animal productions.
The aim of the module “Special zootechnics 2” is to provide theoretical and practical skills about farming technologies of livestock species. Skills will be suitable for the students to pursue economic, productive, environmental and welfare improvement of farms.
Teaching activities aim to provide to the students skills about:
- reproductive management of dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep and goats;
- productive evaluation of the species above mentioned;
- technologies and biotechnologies regarding animal science;
- the effects of animal farming methods on the environment, animal welfare and quality of products;
- solving problems regarding animal farming.