Animal science
Study-unit Code
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Emiliano Lasagna
  • Emiliano Lasagna
  • 54 ore - Emiliano Lasagna
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Discipline delle produzioni animali
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Morphological scoring system. Structure and dynamic factors of domestic animal populations. The main reared breeds.
Reference texts
Online teacher slides
Balasini, Veggetti, Falschini, Tesio (2015) Produzioni animali. Basi tecnico-scientifiche di zootecnica. RCS Media Group
Consultation books:
Bigi, Zanon (2020) Atlante delle razze autoctone. Bovini, equini, ovicaprini, suini allevati in Italia. New Business Media
Educational objectives
The course aims to provide the necessary tools to properly interpret the morphology of livestock animals. It also allows to well understand the proper management of animal populations and to know the producing ability of the main breeds in order to achieve the economic income. In this way the student can be properly introduced in the real animal farming enterprise in order to take decisions on judging animals, choosing breeds and managing productive and reproductive traits.
The exam of Livestocks Anatomy is considered a prerequisite to understand the fundamental aspects of the course, moreover percentage computing and fractions operations are fundamental skills.
Teaching methods
The class teaching will be: classroom lectures for all the studied matters; tutorials:- in morphological evaluation - specific educational tools in classroom, on farm practical morphological scoring;- in ethnology -slides and other material useful to show the studied breeds, farm visits to watch the main studied breeds;- in demography - problems on practical farm reproductive or productive decisions.
Other information
Attendance at lessons: optional but strongly advised.
Learning verification modality
A written exemption test is scheduled on the part of the Morphological scoring system (1.5 CFU) consisting of 8 multiple choice questions and 2 open-ended questions. It is optional for the student to take this exemption test. Time to take the test 1 hour.

The final examination consist in ongoing evaluation. The write exam (30 minutes) will test the skills on structure and dynamic factors of domestic animal populations. The oral exam will test the communication skills of the student with properties of language and the ability to apply the skills acquired.

For information on support services for students with disabilities and / or DSA, visit http://www.unipg.it/disabilita-e-dsa
Extended program
Introduction. Profit animals and pets. Merits and defects in animal morphology. Coat colours in the main animal species. Body regions. Traditional and linear body scoring. Demography in domestic animal populations. Types of population structure; dynamic factors (birth rate, death rate, culling rate); main demographic indexes. The main animal production chains (milk, meat, eggs, fish, honey). Ethnology in domestic animals: the breed; morphological and productive features of: cosmopolitan dairy cattle breeds (Holstein Friesian, Brown Swiss); double purpose cattle breeds (Simmenthal stock, Norman, Rendena); Italian dairy cattle breeds (Valdostana, Reggiana, Modicana); water buffalo; cosmopolitan beef breeds (Limousine, Charolaise, Piedmontese, Chianina, Marchigiana, Romagnola, Angus, Hereford) Italian beef breeds (Maremmana, Podolica). Cosmopolitan dairy sheep breeds (Awassi, Lacaune); Italian dairy sheep breeds (Comisana, Delle Langhe, Barbaresca, Massese, Sarda); cosmopolitan meat sheep breeds (Berichonne du Cher, Ile de France, Suffolk) Italian meat sheep breeds (Appenninica, Bergamasca, Fabrianese, Gentile di Puglia, Laticauda, Merinizzata italiana, Sopravissana). Cosmopolitan goat breeds (Saanen, Alpine) Italian goat breeds (Sarda, Garganica, Girgentana, Maltese). Cosmopolitan swine breeds (Landrace, Large White, Duroc, Pietrain); Italian swine breeds (Cinta senese, Casertana, Nera siciliana). Brachymorphic horse breeds (Belgian, Bretone, Norman, TPR); mesomorphic horse breeds (Arabian, Maremmano, Murgese, Quarter Horse, Haflinger); dolichomorphic horse breeds (thoroughbreed).
PRACTICAL LESSONS: practical morphological scoring assessment. Solution of practical problems in the animal population management. Breeds identification.
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