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.


* 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: ASC370. 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

Incompatible 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 discuss the constraints to optimal production;
  • be able to describe routine animal husbandry techniques and when they are performed;
  • be able to utilise computer software to develop strategies for and the management of nutrition and reproduction; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the effects of animal welfare on health and production.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC370 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Literature review: part a
Mid session exam - dairy
Literature review: part b
Final exam - beef & sheep

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Special Resources

There is a compulsory 3 day residential school which may require travel and accommodation.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.