ASC474 Intensive Animal Production and Welfare (8)


Intensive animal production and welfare is becoming increasingly important in feeding the world's population. This subject will examine the feedlot beef, pig, poultry and fish industries and the role of veterinary and animal production professionals in serving them. Topics examined include the economic basis of the industries, factors affecting productivity and profitability, issues related to public perception, animal welfare and environment, genetics and selection, principles of housing design and the integration of nutrition, health and reproduction management to attain high levels of productivity. This subject will provide opportunities for Veterinary Science and students of Livestock Production and Animal Science to integrate knowledge gained previously in animal health, behaviour and welfare, economics, genetics, reproduction and ruminant nutrition. Animal welfare is an important and emotional issue that affects Australian animal industries, as well as companion animal owners and research establishments. Humans have an ethical responsibility to provide adequate care for animals under their control, and veterinarians have particular obligations and responsibilities in this area. Students will participate in field trips to intensive animal production enterprises and undertake case study activities.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

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

Assumed Knowledge

ASC110 or VSC110

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe common production systems for feedlot beef cattle, pigs, poultry and farmed fish
  • be able to describe the characteristics of production systems which are associated with high productivity and profitability
  • be able to discuss important aspects of managing feedlot cattle, intensively raised pigs, poultry and fish
  • be able to discuss principles of yard and housing design in relation to animal production, welfare and environmental constraints
  • be able to discuss the issues in feedlot beef, pig poultry and fish production which relate to human health, food quality and safety, and market sustainability


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • the economic importance of each industry
  • markets, product quality and profit drivers
  • systems of production
  • the role of genetics and selection
  • management of nutrition, health, welfare and reproduction
  • animal husbandry
  • principles of design and waste management
  • the role of veterinary and animal production professionals


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.