VSC110 Animal Production and Welfare (8)

Animal Production and Welfare (VSC110) presents a preliminary study of animal production systems and provides an integrative link for the study of animal genetics, welfare, behaviour, agricultural economics, pasture production and nutrition. Each industry (beef, dairy, wool, meat sheep, poultry, pigs and aquaculture) is examined in turn, from the perspective of the industry as a whole, the individual producer and veterinarian. 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.  The basic principles and application of ruminant nutrition are introduced. Animal handling skills are developed in the context of animal behaviour, welfare and operator safety in both classroom and practical settings.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC110. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment is restricted to students in the following courses.

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Science (Agriculture)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe an animal production system at a basic level in terms of: nutritional and environmental requirements, husbandry procedures, breeding, disease management, genetics and welfare;
  • be able to describe and analyse the key issues in relation to the livestock industries globally including supply, demand, and environmental impacts;
  • be able to recognise the common breeds of animals used in farm animal production and describe their characteristics;
  • be able to confidently, competently and safely handle cattle and sheep and carry out a basic health assessment;
  • be able to outline the characteristics of a simple handling facility appropriate for each production animal species;
  • be able to describe the role of the veterinary profession in providing services to each industry; and
  • be able to explain how animal welfare is defined and assessed.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • An introduction to the subject and its relationship to the courses being studied
  • An overview of animal production in Australia and worldwide and the veterinary role in animal health and welfare and human safety.
  • An introduction to animal nutrition, particularly the role of pasture as a nutritional source for ruminants.
  • Each of the major farm animal industries and the production systems used in Australia; for beef and dairy cattle, wool and meat sheep, pigs, poultry and aquaculture. For each farm animal species and production system, there will be an examination of the financial structure, contribution of genetics, production, health and reproductive management and the role of the professional advisers including veterinarians.
  • Human interaction with farm animals; handling, behaviour, facility design and operation, safety for man and beast and stockmanship.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.