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
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
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 Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Subject Relationships
ASC470 Paired Subject
Incompatable Subjects
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 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Hands on activities, involving field trips and laboratory work.

Special Resources

There is a compulsory 3 day residential school

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.