A study covering the concepts and management systems involved in the nutrition, breeding, reproduction, animal health, healthy development, wool and carcass growth of sheep, along with the factors that influence performance.
|Prerequisites and Restrictions|| You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
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:
- Understand how levels of reproduction, live-weight gain and wool growth respond to feeding level and other husbandry practices.
- Recognise the criteria that influence clip value and understand how these may be influenced by on-farm practices.
- Use breeding records to assist in selection of replacement animals, and be able to effectively apply criteria for culling and selection.
- Evaluate the success of mating programmes including husbandry and management of both males and females prior to and during mating, followed by management of the ewes during pregnancy, at lambing and during lactation.
- Prepare feed profiles for each class of sheep run, including calculation of feed requirements for specific levels of production and estimation of quality and quantity of feeds and forages required to achieve target production levels.
- Describe strategies to control or prevent common diseases of sheep.
- Describe the criteria for sheep carcass grading, and understand the implications of this for drafting policies.
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