ASC470 Ruminant Production (8)


The subject involves an in-depth examination of extensive ruminant production systems as well as some of the more intensive aspects of production where relevant to particular species (excluding feedlots). The  focus is largely directed towards  herd/flock management, with particular emphasis on husbandry, production efficiency, reproduction, and market/profit drivers.

+ 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: ASC470
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

Postgraduate students only.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to formulate and justify appropriate grazing strategies and rations for grazing animals
- be able to formulate and justify breeding programs for different ruminants
- be able to demonstrate how to manage herds/flocks to maximise production efficiency
- be able to demonstrate describe the various constraints to optimal production for different ruminant species and/or breeds
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of  appropriate husbandry techniques, when they are performed and why they are performed
- be able to utilise computer software for the management of nutrition and reproduction of grazing animals This subject is clearly differentiated from the paired subject, ASC370, in that the learning objectives and assessment clearly reflect the higher level offering appropriate to Master level learning.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The subject will cover the following topics in sheep, beef (excluding beef feedlot), dairy, alpaca, goat and deer:
- 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

Residential School

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


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.