Full Title:Animal and Crop Production Science
Module Code:AGRI S6004
Credits: 15
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will provide students with an understanding of basic aspects of economically competitive, modern, and sustainable crop husbandry techniques. It will prepare students for long term employment in some related facets of animal or crop production and processing.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe the physiological mechanisms underlying the main processes of nutrient intake, digestion, growth, reproduction and parturition in farm animals and crops
  2. Apply the production principles of the main farm crops, including grass, and animal enterprises
  3. Evaluate the basis of animal and plant breeding and improvement
  4. Discuss weed, disease and pest control in tillage crops and grass
  5. Perform a range of practical skills in the area of livestock and crop husbandry/ management

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Anatomy and Physiology
Gross anatomical structure of the main farm animal species. Brief description of the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, muscle and nervous systems. Introduction to disease/ disorders affecting the various body systems.
Digestion process
Understanding the differences in digestive systems of ruminants and non-ruminant (pigs and poultry) farm animals. Basic principles of digestion. The production, absorption and utilisation of the end products of digestion. Influence of diet composition on milk and carcase composition
Physiology of Reproduction in farm animals
Basic structure and physiology of male and female reproductive systems. The oestrus cycle in farm animals. Concept of heat detection in artificial breeding programmes. Pregnancy and parturition in farm animals
Animal breeding and improvement
Basic animal breeding. Concept of genetic improvement in animal production. The Economic Breeding Index (EBI) and the role of the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF)
Animal Production
Structure of the various farm enterprises nationally. Importance of farm enterprises to GDP and the importance of export markets. Production principles of the main livestock enterprises including breeding, feeding and parturition. The fuction and operation of a milking parlour. Principles of clean milk production including EU milk quality standards and mastitis control. Calf rearing. Introduction to health and welfare of farm animals. Disease/ disorders of farm animals
Crop Production Science
Linnaeus taxonomy; binomial nomenclature for plant classification and identification. Structure and components of plants, plant processes. Environmental influences on plant growth. plant breeding methods including cross breeding and the use if F1 hybrid seeds. Economic and nutritative advantages of genetically modified crops and their possible use in the future. Structure of the Irish tillage sector. Husbandry and management of a selection of tillage crops. Selecting appropriate spraying regimes and crop fertiliser requirements. Profitability of various tillage crops
Livestock skills
Livestock handling. Calf rearing skills (Stomach tubing, dehorning etc). Administering various medications/ vaccinations. Undertaking milking duties. Condition scoring dairy and beef cows. Tailpainting dairy cows. Measuring grass covers. Lambing skills. Sheep and beef production skills
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Class theory test on animal and crop production 1,4 15.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Animal husbandry and crop production practicals 4,5 35.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Animal and crop production 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical Animal and crop farm and farmyard practicals 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Moore, M. et al. 2011, Teagasc Dairy Manual, Teagasc
  • O' Dwyer, J. et al. 2011, Beef Production Workbook, Teagasc [ISBN: BP0111]
  • O' Dwyer, J. et al, 2011, Dairy Production Workbook, Teagasc [ISBN: DP0111]
  • Petit, T. et al. 2011, Animal Science Workbook, Teagasc [ISBN: AP0111]
  • Petit, T. et al. 2011, Food Production Principles, Teagasc [ISBN: AP0211]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Hoyne, W. et al. 2010, Sheep Production and Management, Teagasc [ISBN: APO710]
  • Bell, P. et al. 2009, Winter and Spring Cereals Production, 1st Ed., Teagasc
  • Frandson, R.D.et al. 2009, Anatony and Physiology of Farm Animals, 7th Ed., Wiley- Blackwell
  • Mc Donald et al. 2011, Animal Nutrition, 7th Ed., Prentice Hall
  • Moore, M .et al. 2011, Teagasc Beef Manual, Teagasc
  • Moran, J 2002, Calf Rearing, Landlinks
  • Teagasc 2013, Crop Costs and Returns, Teagasc
  • Willis, M 2001, Dalton's Introduction to Practical Animal Breeding, Blackwell Science
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Irish Farmers Journal
  • Farmers weekly
  • Today's Farm
  • Teagasc tillage Profit monitor and Crop reports
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 1 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture 1 Mandatory