AGS300 Livestock Management (8)

This subject is designed to expose students to the more detailed aspects of efficient and sustainable livestock management within a commercial production environment. Concepts developed in previous livestock subjects will continue to be expanded so that students may learn practical and best practice management strategies within the main areas of livestock management that will have an impact upon profitability and sustainability of an enterprise. These include reproduction management, meeting nutritional requirements and maximising feed utilisation across the farm (including managing the impact of environmental variation on decision making in livestock management), breeding systems and genetic selection, meeting market specifications and managing livestock health.  There is a focus on the interactions between decisions that are made within the entire livestock production chain and the subsequent impacts on other areas of management within the farm, as well as the marketing environment.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CY O'Connor - Muresk Institute
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 Agricultural and Wine Sciences
Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students have completed either ASC135 or AGS100 in addition to PSC236 before enrolling in this subject.

Incompatable Subjects
ASC227 ASC355
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to collect and analyse relevant property information and evaluate current management strategies in a livestock enterprise in terms of industry benchmarks
  • Be able to identify, measure, analyse and prioritise the opportunities to most effectively improve the profitability and/or sustainability of a livestock production system
  • Be able to develop and evaluate further production strategies to meet customer &/or consumer specifications and improve the profitability and/or sustainability of the enterprise or respond to risks to a livestock production system.
  • Be able to suggest valid management decisions and recommendations that are supported by technically credible and scientifically sound knowledge and information and/or valid analytical processes
  • Be able to communicate research, analyses and recommendations effectively, coherently and professionally to a client in a report
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Feed Utilisation
  • Livestock Breeding Systems
  • Reproduction Management
  • Meeting Market Specifications
  • Livestock Health Management
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.