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TV5020 - Animal Production

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to graduate students with a degree in Agricultural Science (or equivalent). Other appropriately trained graduates may enrol at the discretion of the Academic Head of Veterinary Science.

A review of the essential features of ruminant animal production including nutrition, pasture production and utilisation, reproductive physiology and animal breeding of food and fibre producing domestic animals.

Learning Outcomes

  • define key concepts and challenges in animal production systems;
  • review the nature of the animal industries of northern Australia and the constraints to productivity;
  • discuss contemporary issues in animal production;
  • investigate and analyse concepts in animal nutrition (including pasture science) and the application of such concepts in practical animal feeding situations with emphasis on the tropical environment;
  • develop practical skills in common animal husbandry;
  • describe factors that can affect the reproductive performance of livestock in the tropical rangeland environments.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (45%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 2 - (45%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coordinator: Mr Christopher Gardiner, Professor Margaret Reilly, Professor Estelle Venter
Lecturers: Mr Christopher Gardiner, Assoc. Professor John Cavalieri, Dr Sandra De Cat, Dr Glen Walker, Assoc. Professor Aduli Malau-Aduli, Dr David Blignaut.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 2 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 42 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.