ANSC 071

Beef and Deer Production

Course overview

You’ll get to grips with the practical management systems and the under-pinning theory of nutrition, reproduction, growth and health of beef cattle and deer, plus the factors affecting their production.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 15 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below


  • Livestock Production Systems, ANSC-21 ANSC-21R
Available semesters Semester 2 2023
Credits 15
Domestic fees $934.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to: 

  1. Understand the practice of genetic improvement and use breeding records to assist the selection of replacement animals.
  2. Describe practical management systems including nutrition, breeding, reproduction, growth, and health of beef cattle and deer in both breeding and finishing enterprises
  3. Prepare feed profiles for any class of beef cattle and deer on a property. Set appropriate production levels, calculate the feed requirements for specific levels of production and estimate the quality and quantity of feeds and forages to achieve set production levels.
  4. Recognise ill health in beef cattle and deer and explain the key components of disease prevention and treatment.
  5. Evaluate production efficiency for beef cows and hinds, including husbandry and management of both males and females prior to and during mating, pregnancy, calving and lactation.
  6. Explain the importance of factors influencing the quality of products from beef cattle and deer herds.

Course examiners

Chris Logan

Chris Logan


Department of Agricultural Sciences