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
Session 1 (30)
On 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 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
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.