ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare (8)


The subject is designed to develop in students an understanding of extensive ruminant production systems as well as some of the more intensive aspects of production where relevant to particular species (excluding feedlots). It focuses on aspects of herd/flock management namely production efficiency, reproduction, market/profit drivers, husbandry and animal welfare..  For those students studying by distance education, this subject has a compulsory 3 days residential school. During the residential school a number of practical activities will be undertaken to provide a practical application to the theory taught in the subject.  Furthermore, the residential school has been designed to ensure that the learning experiences of the students enrolled via distance education are equitable to those of students enrolled internally in the subject

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC370
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ASC470 ASC470 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to formulate grazing strategies and rations for grazing animals
  • be able to formulate breeding programs for different ruminants
  • be able to demonstrate how to manage herds/flocks to maximise production efficiency
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the constraints to optimal production
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of husbandry techniques and when they are performed
  • be able to utilise computer software for the management of nutrition and reproduction
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the effects of animal welfare on health and production.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The subject will cover the following topics in sheep, beef (excluding beef feedlot), dairy and goat production:
  • - Industry market objectives
  • - Production systems and herd/flock management
  • - Reproduction
  • - Husbandry
  • - Production efficiency and product quality
  • - Profit drivers
  • - Common disease prevention
  • - Applied nutrition
  • - Applied genetics
  • - Applied animal welfare

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Hands on activities, involving field trips and laboratory work.

Specialised Resources

There is a compulsory 3 day residential school


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.