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.


* 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: ASC470. 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.

Incompatible 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.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC470 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 %
Mid session exam - dairy
Literature review
Final exam - beef & sheep

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Hands on activities, involving field trips and laboratory work.

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.