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AGR2201 Animal Production Systems

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


The animal production sector is critical to the health of regional Australian and the economy. It is important that the individuals supporting the animal production industries are familiar with the methods of producing livestock products (milk, meat, and fibre). Such knowledge and associated critical and creative thinking, will be required to ensure that productivity in the animal industries continues in a landscape with increasing constrained biophysical resources. Knowledge of the interactions between the production system, animal welfare outcomes, and broader environmental impacts will also be important so graduates can contribute to the sustainability of the broader agricultural landscape. Understanding consumer expectations regarding the production of safe and sustainable food, animal welfare, and environmental impacts will prepare graduates for the future opportunities and challenges facing the animal production sector.

The course examines and critically evaluates the production systems used for extensive and intensive animal production to produce milk, meat and fibre. Extensive grazing, intensive grazing, dairy, feedlot and housed systems will be covered. Through lectures, tutorials and site visits, students will examine and evaluate these production systems from their production, sustainability, food safety and quality and animal welfare perspectives.

This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 External
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 10 February 2023