PROD S6008 - Cattle Production

Full Title:Cattle Production
Module Code:PROD S6008
Credits: 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 his home farm or a commercial cattle farm. It should enable him evaluate and make decisions on re: feeding, breeding and management of cattle. Be able to assess and measure housing and cattle facilities. Be able to perform tasks associated with cattle production at a high level.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe the feeding and management of a suckler herd.
  2. Evaluate the relevance and importance of grassland in beef production.
  3. Compare the main cattle finishing systems.
  4. Assess the profitability of various beef systems.
  5. Perform tasks associated with cattle poduction and interpret ICBF breeding information.
  6. Describe disease control strategies and examine the code of practice for beef quality assurance schemes.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Beef industry
Cattle populations, suckler herd size. Beef export volumes
Suckler herds
Feeding and management of a suckler herd. Calf welfare issues at dehorning, weaning and other associated tasks. Desired cow traits, nutrition and body condition scores. Targets for production and fertility. suckler herd diseases and housing. Mineral supplementation for suckler cows
Grassland management
Grassland management for beef production. Targets and performance for cattle at grass
Cattle finishing systems
Suckler calf to beef systems. Bull and heifer production systems, summer grazing systems. Nutrition and ingredients for use in cattle finishing diets
Pofitability of beef systems
Feed budgets for the main beef systems focussing on the market return and profitability at farm level
Beef skills
Suckler calf skills, associated cow skills, condition scoring, cattle facilities, ICBF data. Grass budgeting and Spring rotation planner. Cattle weights and carcase quality
Diseases and quality assurance
Main diseases of the calf and cow and associated symptoms, preventions and treatments. Code of practice for quality assurance schemes
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
Practical/Skills Evaluation Beef production practicals 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Continuous Assessment Class test 4,6 10.00 0 0 Week 7 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 1,2,3,4,6 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 Cattle and beef production 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical Cattle husbandry 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Moore, M 2012, Teagasc Beef Manual, Teagasc
  • O' Dwyer, J 2011, Beef Production Workbook, Teagasc
  • O' Dwyer, J 2011, Beef and Dairy Skills Workbook, Teagasc
  • O' Dwyer, J 2011, Crop Production Science Workbook, Teagasc
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mc Donald. et al. 1998, Animal Nutrition, 7th Ed., Prentice Hall
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Teagasc n/a, , Todays Farm, Farm Profit monitor
Other Resources
  • website: www.icbf.comn/a
  • website: www.teagasc.ien/a
  • website: www.animalhealthireland.ien/a
  • website: www.fsai.ien/a
  • website: n/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