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
* 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
Enrolment restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Subject Relationships
Incompatable Subjects
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 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Hands on activities, involving field trips and laboratory work.

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.