Course: Animal Husbandry

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Course title Animal Husbandry
Course code 2230/HAZT
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 English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Macháček Miroslav, MVDr. Ph.D.
  • Zapletal David, Prof. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures: 1st Introduction. Ancestors of the most important farmed species. Ontogenesis of animals prenatal and postnatal phases of the animal growth and development. 2nd Basis of the growth of animals - factors influencing animal growth, irregularity (alometry) of the growth. Biological aspects of meat production - important slaughter characteristics in fattened animals. 3rd Biological aspects of animal prolificacy in farmed species - maturity, length of gravidity and incubation, number of the young, etc. Selection in domestic animals - principle and response to selection. 4th Selection of farmed species - basic methods of artificial selection. Methods of crossing - crossbreeding in farmed animals; interspecies crossing. 5th Biological aspects of cow milk production. Management and housing of dairy cattle. 6th Husbandry and management of beef cattle. Breeds of goats - general traits of important world breeds. 7th Sheep and goat husbandry - basic biological characteristics, management, housing systems, milk production, meat production and breeding methods. 8th Breeds of horses - sorting; general traits of important world breeds, usage. 9th Husbandry of horses - biological characteristics, management, housing systems for horses (rearing of suckling mares and foals, mares and stallion); basic principles of breeding methods. 10th Breeds of swine - general traits of important world breeds. Pig husbandry - biological characteristics, basic housing systems using in the farms. 11th Poultry husbandry - biological characteristics of important farmed species, factors influencing eggs production, management, housing systems. 12th Poultry husbandry - hatching; candling, examination of hatching eggs, basic aspects. 13th Rabbit husbandry - management and housing systems used in rabbit meat farms. Breeding programs and breeding objectives in important food animals. 14th Tuition prior to examination. Practical works: 1st Introduction. Types of animals. Recognized colours of horses. 2nd The conformation of animals I - general requirements for the animal exterior, exterior traits of animals, evaluation of exterior. 3rd The conformation of animals II standing deviation of fore- and hind-limbs, evaluation. 4th Breeds of dairy and dual-purpose cattle recognition, general characteristics and the performance of important world´s breeds. 5th Breeds of beef cattle - recognition, general characteristics and the performance of important world´s breeds. 6th Breeds of sheep - sorting, recognition, general traits of the most important world´s breeds. 7th Breeds and types of poultry - basic traits and recognition of important domestic chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese. 8th-9th Field trip to the National stud farm - breeding and management of horses. 10th-11th Field trip to the Fallow deer farm. 12th-13th Field trip to Dairy, beef, sheep and horse farm. 14th Award of credits.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, 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 fowls. Important world´s breeds of domesticated species - division, basic traits. Utility performance of livestock - effects influencing their utility. Raising of domestic animals - identification, management, technological and housing systems, health aspects. Breeding programs in livestock and poultry production.


Assessment methods and criteria
Requirements for obtaining of a credit: Compulsory attendance on practical works; possibility of 2 absences. Compulsory attendance on Field trips. Conditions for passing an exam: Passing the written examination.
Recommended literature
  • Aland, A. and Madec, F. Sustainable animal production. 2009. ISBN 978-90-8686-099-9.
  • Ďuran, A. Animal Husbandry. UVM Košice, SR, 2003.
  • Gillespie, J.R. Modern Livestock and Poultry Production. New York, 2004.
  • Pond, W.G., Bell, A.W. Encyclopedia of Animal Science. New York, 2004.

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 - (12) Veterinary medicine and veterinary prevention 2 Summer