PROD S6007 - Dairy, Sheep, Pigs and Poultry Production

Full Title:Dairy, Sheep, Pigs and Poultry Production
Module Code:PROD S6007
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module should enable a student to work on the home farm or a modern commercial farm. It should enable him/her evaluate and make decisions on the feeding, breeding, housing and management requirements of dairy, sheep and other intensive farmyard enterprises.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the key concepts in the management of spring and liquid milk production and also early and mid season lamb production.
  2. Describe the importance of animal nutrition, grass measurement plus grassland management and conservation for dairying and sheep enterprises.
  3. Summarise the main factors affecting animal fertility for dairy and sheep production and the use of economic breeding index (EBI) and ICBF breeding information
  4. Discuss the key conceps of breeding, feeding, housing, management, quality assurance, biosecurity and economic returns from pig and poultry enterprises

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Compare Spring and liquid milk production in terms of management, feed requirements, production costs and economic returns. Use of EBI index, AI sire catalogue and possible use of sexed semen in dairy breeding programmes and replacement heifer selection. Key indices and factors affecting dairy cow fetility such as diet, dystocia, body condition, heat detection methods, calvng interval and reproductive disorders. Management practices to improve/ maximise herd fertility including interpretation of ICBF breeding information. Dairy nutrition requirements in relation to macro nutrients, minor elements and dry matter intake. Optimising milk chemical composition through good rumen health, diet formulation and manipulation.
Grass growth and grassland management
Factors affecting grass growth and quality such as grass growth curve, weather conditions, soil pH and fertility, grazing and conservation system, stocking rate and reseeding regime. Measurement of grass cover and grass budgeting, calculation of weekly grass 'wedge' and Spring rotation planner
Sheep production
Key breeding and management strategies for early, mid-season and store lamb production including breeds and hybrids, feed and housing requirements, production costs and economic returns. Factors affecting ewe fertility including terminal sire selection, body condition, lambing percentage, feeding requirements and carcase grading. Flock biosecurity, disease prevention and control. Quality Assurance requirements of the Beef and Lamb Quality Assurance Scheme (BLQAS). Treacability requirements of the National Sheep Identification Scheme (NSIS)
Pig, poultry and egg production
Overview of size and economic importance of the pig and poultry industries. Pig, poultry and egg production systems on farms. Requirements for pig, poultry and egg production including breeds and hybrids, feeding regimes, housing and rearing requirements; legislation, biosecurity and disease control Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme requirements for pig, poultry and egg production
Dairy and sheep husbandry tasks; milking routine, milking machine CIP and testing. Dairy and sheep facilities and housing evaluation. Grass measurement and budgeting and rotation planning. Replacement heifer and ewe practicals. Site visits to pig, poultry and egg production units
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
Continuous Assessment Class test 1,2 10.00 0 0 Week 9 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Farm and farmyard practicals 2,3,4 40.00 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 1,2,3,4 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 Dairy, sheep, pigs and poultry 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical Dairy, sheep , pigs and poultry 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. 2011, Dairy Production Handbook, Teagasc
  • Hoyne, W. et al. 2010, Sheep Production and Management, Teagasc [ISBN: APO 710]
  • Murphy, J.J. 2005, Utilisation of Used Grass in Temperate Animal Systems, Wageningen Academic Publishers
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mc Donald, et al. 2011, Animal Nutrition, Prentice Hall
  • Petit, T. et al. 2009, Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals, Teagasc [ISBN: APO211]
  • Divers,T.J, Weaver, A.D 2008, Colour Atlas of Diseases and Disorders of Cattle, 3rd Ed., Saunders Elsevier
  • Hulsen, J 2007, A Practical Guide for Dairy Farm Management, Rodbont Publishers
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Irish Farmers Journal
  • Farmers weekly
  • Today's Farm
Other Resources
  • website:
  • website: www.animalhealthireland.ien/a
  • website:
  • website: www.icbf.comn/a
  • website:
  • website:
  • website: www.teagasc.ien/a
  • Link: Library Catalogue

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 3 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture 3 Mandatory