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Animal science
Study-unit Code
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Luciano Morbidini
  • Luciano Morbidini - Didattica Ufficiale
  • Mariano Pauselli - Didattica Ufficiale (Codocenza)
  • 30 ore - Didattica Ufficiale - Luciano Morbidini
  • 30 ore - Didattica Ufficiale (Codocenza) - Mariano Pauselli
Course Regulation
Coorte 2018
Learning activities
Discipline zootecniche e delle produzioni animali
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The course will give strong knowledge about projecting and managing the extenisve or semi-extensive ruminant farming systems. The objective of the course wuill be achieved by detailed information concerning the feeding behaviour of the grazing animals and the diferent grazing strategies and the herd management of the different reared species and the interaction beteewn herd and environment.
Reference texts
1. A.A.V.V. (1982). Action du climat sur l’animal au paturage. Ed INRA, Paris.
2. Slides and papers provided by UNISTUDIUM platform.
Educational objectives
Aim of the course is to give to the students the knowledge concerning the extensive ruminant rearing and its connection with the ecological and human communities by the environmental impact evaluation and the quality evaluation of the products obtained by the extensive rearing systems. Moreover the course will give to the students the skills for planning and managing an extensive farm in mountain or natural park areas.
There aren't knowledge prerequisites to understand the fundamental aspects of the Course, although the basic knowledge of the animal production systems are indispensable for a full knowledge of the Course contents. These knowledge are usually acquired both during the Degree Courses able to guarantee the direct access to the master degree in Animal Science, both after obtained the minimal number of formative credits in the reference Scientific Sectors necessary to obtain the access to the Master Degree in Animal Sciences. Knowledge in Agronomy and forage systems are considered also very important to understand and apply the majority of the techniques described during the course.
Teaching methods
The Course is organised as follows:
- Lectures in all topics of the course program.
- Practical lessons in laboratory and in the field (technical visits, seminars on specific topics), students will be allotted in groups and the practical lessons will be administered in round of two hours
Other information
Learning verification modality
The exam consists in an oral test and of the presentation of a technical composition realised in group. The oral test consists in an interview of about 30 minutes aiming to verify the knowledge level and the understanding capability acquired by student on theoretical of the course (feeding behaviour of grazing ruminants, extensive farming systems and quality of products from animals reared in extensive systems, interaction between extensive rearing systems and environment). The oral exam will also test the student communication and language skills and its ability in the organisation and exposure of the theoretical topics. The weight of oral test will be the 60% on the final mark. The technical exam will concern the discussion of a case study solved in group aiming to verify the capability acquired by student in problem-solving and working in group and develop solutions for independent judgement. The discussion can take advantage of slides aiming also the ability to expose to the public results of its work. The weight of the technical test will be the 40% of the total mark.
Extended program
The feeding behaviour of grazing ruminants: feeding habits and physiological aspects.
The extensive rearing as activity for territorial management of mountain areas and Natural Park areas. Grasslands: classification, pasture value and carrying capacity estimation. Environmental support decision systems for mountain and park areas management. Transumance and grazing according to the “parcour” method. Grazing management in mixed farms: grazing strategies: the rotational grazing, the intensive rotational grazing system (1.5 CFU). The extensive dairy farming system and its effect on nutritional characteristics of dairy products. The rearing system in alpine environment and relative breeds: the Alps cheeses example. The semi-extensive dairy sheep and goat rearing and its role in Mediterranean Basin. The extensive beef cattle rearing systems: the calf-cow system and the grass finishing system (1.5 CFU). The environmental impact of the extensive livestock rearing system and its optimisation strategies; extensive systems in Natural park areas. The agro-forestry-pastoral systems. Extensive rearing systems and management of wild ruminants (1.5 CFU).
Ruminant organic rearing system: law aspects and herd management (1.0 CFU). Basic knowledge on building for extensive rearing systems (0.5 CFU).
Practical lessons
Support decision systems for mountain areas and natural grasslands management. Support decision systems at farm level.
The traceability of products obtained using extensive systems.
Projecting and making decision supporting systems for extensive farm management or organic farms.
Farm visits.
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