Course: Animal Husbandry I

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Course title Animal Husbandry I
Course code 2230/H1ZT
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Zapletal David, Prof. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Macháček Miroslav, MVDr. Ph.D.
  • Jakešová Petra, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Šimek Vlastimil, MVDr.
Course content
Lectures: 1st Introduction. The animal husbandry as a scientific discipline; importance, terms. Constitution - definition of terms and characteristics of particular types. Longevity and earliness of animals. 2nd The factors influencing animal growth and development. Meat production - important slaughter characteristics in fattened animals. Animal prolificacy - terms, the basic factors influencing prolificacy. 3rd Animal breeding - methods of the pure-breeding and crossbreeding. Selection - principle, response, basic methods. 4th Milk production - terms, the basic factors influencing production. Rearing of cattle - importance, biological characteristics. Important factors influencing dairy production. 5th Rearing of cattle housing systems and management practices of dairy cattle, management practices of beef cattle. 6th Rearing of sheep and goats - biological characteristics, milk production, meat production, reproductive methods, housing systems. 7th Rearing of pigs - biological characteristics, factors influencing the pork production and quality, breeds, hybridization. 8th Rearing of pigs - management practices for rearing of particular categories of pigs, housing systems. 9th Rearing of horses - importance, biological characteristics, important breeds - general traits. 10th Rearing of horses - housing systems, management practices, basic principles of breeding. 11th Rearing of poultry - biological characteristics of the most important gallinaceous and water poultry, eggs production, meat production, hatching. 12th Rearing of poultry management systems used for layers, broilers, turkeys, ducks and geese. 13th Rearing of meat type rabbits - biological characteristics, reproductive methods, management and housing systems used in farms. 14th Rearing of dogs and cats - biological characteristics, important breeds, breeding rules and organizations, FCI, FIFe. Tuition prior to examination. Practical works: 1st Introduction. Zootechnical taxonomy - a breed, lower taxonomy units. Phylogeny of important domestic farm species. 2nd The conformation of animals I - general requirements for an animal exterior, exterior traits, evaluation. 3rd The conformation of animals II - standing deviation of fore- and hind-limbs. 4th Identification of animals importance, methods, extending, electronic system. 5th Breeds of cattle - general characteristics and performance of important breeds. 6th Sheep and goat breeds - important breeds, general characteristics and performance. 7th Breeds of horses importance, general characteristics and performance. 8th Poultry breeds - important breeds and hybrids of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese - general traits. 9th-10th Field trip - management practices of rearing of sows and piglets. 11th Hatching of poultry examination of incubated eggs, management practices, sex determination of chicks. 12th - 13th Field trip - management practices of dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep and horses. 14th Award of credits.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Importance of Animal Husbandry. Domestication. Phylogeny of domesticated animals. Zootechnical taxonomy. Morphology characteristics of animals - evaluation of exterior. Physiology characteristics of animals - constitution, earliness and longevity, degeneration. Reproduction of animals - methods of mating, evaluation of reproduction. Growth and development of animals - evaluation of growth, basics of meat production. Animal breeding - breeding methods, methods of selection. Basic biological characteristics of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, rabbits, cats, dogs, and poultry. Important world´s breeds of domesticated species - division, basic traits. Performances of farmed livestock and poultry species - effects influencing their production. Rearing of domestic animals - identification, management, technological and housing systems, health aspects. Breeding programs in livestock and poultry production.


Assessment methods and criteria
Compulsory attendance on practical works, possibility of 2 absences. Attendance on the field trips. Obtaining of a credit. Passing the written examination.
Recommended literature
  • Bouška, J. a kol. Chov dojeného skotu. Praha, 2006.
  • Dušek, J. et al. Chov koní. Brázda, 2007.
  • Fogle, B. Encyklopedie psů. Fortuna Print, 2005.
  • Gabriš, J.; Brauner, P. Zootechnika pre veterinárnych medikov. Príroda Bratislava, 1987.
  • Kuchtík, J. et al. Chov ovcí. Mendelova univerzita, 2007.
  • Máchal, L. et al. Chov zvířat I - Chov hospodářských zvířat. Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7375-553-9.
  • Misař, D.; Jiskrová, I. Chov a šlechtění koní. MZLU Brno, 2001.
  • Procházka, Z. Chov psů. Paseka, 2005.
  • Sambraus, H.H. Atlas plemen hospodářských zvířat. Praha: Brázda, 2006.
  • Zahrádková, R. a kol. Masný skot od A do Z. Praha, 2009.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology (1) Veterinary medicine and veterinary prevention 2 Summer